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Parliamentary hearings on Quebec's values charter could ignite secularism nationwide, PQ says
A commission delving into the debate over the Quebec proposed charter of secularism can serve as an inspiration for an English Canada growing increasingly fed up with multiculturalism, the Parti Québécois government says.
It has been more than four months since Quebec began debating the need to further separate church and state and to enact a public-sector ban on religious symbols, but parliamentary hearings that start on Tuesday — the final step before the bill can be voted into law — could be the spark that sets a secular wildfire burning across the country.
That, at the very least, is the word from International Relations Minister Jean-François Lisée, as nearly 300 Quebec citizens and organizations from across the spectrum prepare to dive back into the contentious debate over religious accommodation.
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