Religious signs : the PQ is willing to compromise

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The Parti québécois is open to review its position on the prohibition of religious signs in which to come to a compromise with the government Legault.

At the request of François Legault, the minister of Immigration and Inclusion met on Tuesday, the interim leader of the parti québecois to discuss the draft law on secularism that will be filed shortly.

At the end of the meeting, Pascal Bérubé pointed out that the positions of the PQ and the government caquiste are not irreconcilable. “It is much closer, and it is an understatement to say, the position of the CAQ that it is assumed that of the liberal Party and Québec solidaire, who are very far, according to me, the consensus in quebec,”.

As the government, pq members want to prohibit the wearing of religious signs in government employees in a position of authority, including teachers. The PQ wants to extend this provision to educators in child care, but above all, to grant a vested right to the employees which currently have their own religious beliefs.

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The members of the government Legault are divided on the “grandfather clause”. If several members of the caucus are against the idea of giving a vested right for current workers, others believe that it is the best solution to avoid dismissals.

Pascal Bérubé is open to discuss to reach an agreement with the caquistes. According to him, the government Legault showed interest to obtain the support of the PQ in this folder.

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“It would be more than 50 % of the quebec population, that is something for which the government appears to be sensitive. If it is necessary, in the light of the bill, to validate our positions, we’ll do it, he insisted. This is a historic moment that we will live, we can address this issue. I think you have to be very open, to stay in contact with the government, to stay in contact with the population of Quebec.

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