MONTREAL — Montreal's downtown swelled with crowds of protesters on Saturday as thousands of people gathered to denounce the provincial government's charter of values.
Hijab-wearing Muslim women walked side by side with turban-clad young men through the city's downtown core, and collectively denounced the Parti Quebecois' proposal to ban public employees from wearing conspicuous religious items at work.
Samia Salhi, 42, a daycare worker who will have to remove her veil if the PQ's plan becomes law, said Premier Pauline Marois is trying to distract voters.
"Marois failed in her mission as premier," Salhi said. "She wants to divert attention away from the economy."