MONTREAL — Parti Quebecois top brass stepped carefully Thursday after party icon and ex-premier Jacques Parizeau criticized their secularism charter in a newspaper editorial.
In an editorial in QMI Agency's sister French newspapers, Parizeau rejected the PQ's proposal to ban public employees from wearing religious symbols at work and lamented it could weaken the sovereignty movement.
As she entered a caucus meeting Thursday, Premier Pauline Marois said Parizeau "has the right to take a position like all Quebec citizens."
But Bernard Drainville, the PQ minister in charge of the secularism charter, admitted the opinions of a giant in sovereigntist circles carries "a certain weight."
"Mr. Parizeau is not just anyone," said Drainville. "He gave his opinions. We'll take this into consideration."