Former Quebec premier and sovereigntist icon Jacques Parizeau has rejected the Parti Quebecois' proposal to ban public employees from wearing religious symbols at work.
In an exclusive opinion piece for QMI Agency published Thursday, Parizeau said that his former political party's charter of Quebec values has gone too far.
Parizeau, who led the PQ during the failed 1995 referendum, said that the proposed charter could turn Quebec's minorities away from sovereignty.
"In Ottawa, among all the political parties, they are proclaiming their support for the minorities in Quebec," he wrote. "In fact, federalism is presenting itself like their real defender."
Parizeau's QMI column is not the first time in recent months that he has embarrassed his former party. He made headlines during the last provincial election campaign when he made a symbolic donation to an upstart and rival sovereigntist party, Option Nationale. Its former leader, Jean-Martin Aussant, criticized