May 7, 2014 12:45 pm

Drainville fighting allegations of lying about legal opinions on charter

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois receives the tables Charter of Quebec values from Minister Responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship Bernard Drainville Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the legislature in Quebec City.

Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – The former Parti Quebecois minister in charge of democratic reforms said there were legal opinions to support the former government’s proposed charter of values.

The Liberal Party contends that they found no such legal vetting of the charter after they took power last month.

Bernard Drainville is fighting allegations he lied to the public about the existence of such legal opinions and there have been calls in recent days for Drainville to resign his seat in the legislature.

He told The Canadian Press that while the charter as a whole wasn’t subject to a formal legal opinion, jurists did provide a number of written opinions on various elements in the proposed law.

Drainville said that piecing together these various opinions and others, the former government believed it was on the right track.

The charter would have forbidden government employees from wearing religious symbols on the job.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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