MONTREAL - Quebec Premier Pauline Marois will have work to do to win her crusade against religious symbols.
The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party, which holds the balance of power in the legislature, says Marois' proposed crackdown is "radical" and "complicated."
The proposed Charter of Quebec Values would bar all public-sector employees from wearing "conspicuous" religious symbols on the job.
Small symbols would be allowed.
CAQ critic Nathalie Roy displayed small, medium and large crucifixes at a news conference to show the difficulties with the PQ proposal.
"What would they do, say that this is allowed and this isn't?" she said, holding up the larger piece of jewelry.
"Will it take religion police to go and look at bureaucrats' necks?"
The Liberals, who trail the PQ 54 to 49 in seats in the legislature, say they oppose any ban on religious symbols.
The CAQ, which has 18 seats, supports a limited ban for judges, prosecutors, police officers and school principals.
The issue has deeply divided Quebecers, with members of religious groups unanimously opposing the PQ measure while polls indicate two-thirds of French Quebecers support it.
The PQ minister in charge of the file, Bernard Drainville, defended his controversial draft proposal Wednesday, saying it's based on citizen demands.
He was dismissive when asked about opposition from the three main federal parties, his two main provincial rivals and a majority of English and ethnic Quebecers.
"There's lots of opposition from groups, lots of support from citizens," he said.