Premier Pauline Marois introduces her government's proposal for a charter of Quebec values with her minister for democratic institutions, Bernard Drainville.
The Quebec government has released its proposals and rationale for a controversial charter of Quebec values, a key element of the Parti Québécois's election platform last fall.
Citing the "obligation to remain independent of religious authority," the draft documents say the government will legislate, for the first time, a firm separation of religion and state and will curtail "religious accommodations."
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But there are several measures the government is not proposing, which has fuelled critics who say the PQ is using the language of inclusiveness and equality to couch an attack on immigrants and non-Catholics.
Here are five things the charter would do, and five things it would not.
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