MONTREAL – As hearings into Quebec’s controversial charter of values enter their second day on Wednesday, Premier Pauline Marois denies she wants to fight an election over Bill 60.
Marois, who commented after the first day of hearings on Bill 60 began in Quebec City on Tuesday, said the Parti Quebecois does not want to go to the polls.
But Quebec’s two major opposition parties have made it clear that they will vote against the provincial budget, which would topple the minority government, and make the values charter an election issue.
Bill 60 would forbid public employees from wearing visible religious symbols including hijabs, turbans, and larger-than-average crucifixes.
Marois and the minister responsible for the bill Bernard Drainville said that the government won’t back down.
Drainville has called the proposed legislation a moderate document that offers tailor-made secularism for his province.