Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highlights of Quebec's Values Charter

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highlights of Quebec's Values Charter

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Highlights of Quebec's values charter

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QUEBEC - The Parti Quebecois government presented its values charter Thursday as Bill 60, and it threatened an election unless opposition parties agreed to table the controversial legislation.

With the bill now tabled, the PQ has also hinted that it might continue to treat it as a confidence matter while it's debated in the legislature.

Here are some highlights of the plan, which would set restrictions on hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and larger-than-average crucifixes:

-- Prohibits state employees from wearing objects such as headgear, clothing, jewelry or other conspicuous adornments that overtly indicate a religious affiliation.

-- Failure to comply can lead to firing. Provides for ''dialogue'' with a supervisor after a first offence, then disciplinary measures would apply. Compliance would be treated as a mandatory job condition.

-- How many people will it affect? The government doesn't know. It says counting everyone affected would amount to racial profiling. …

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