Marois compares secularism charter to language charter

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois. (QMI Agency/ANNIE ROUSSEL)

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois. (QMI Agency/ANNIE ROUSSEL)

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:44 PM ET

Future generations will look back at the secularism charter and see it as a "grand gesture that made us live together better," Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois said Saturday morning.

Marois' uplifting speech to party delegates Saturday in Montreal positioned the PQ's secularism charter as a historical parallel to Bill 101, the legislation that codified French as the official language in Quebec.

Bill 101 was highly controversial when it was adopted in 1977, but is now widely appreciated as a necessary safeguard for the French language and culture.

Marois said on Saturday at a party convention that Quebecers will eventually realize that the secularism charter -- tabled on Thursday and which bans public employees from wearing religious symbols at work -- is also a critical cultural safeguard.

 


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