The first week of public hearings on the Parti Quebecois' proposed secular values charter entrenches the feeling that the minority government is staking its political future on the controversial legislation.
Based on news reports from the hearings in Quebec City, which began Tuesday, the separatist PQ sees the charter as a tool for distancing the province from Canada, and the hearings as a platform to demonstrate that.
That was made clear in an exchange Thursday between Bernard Drainville, minister responsible for democratic institutions who's quarterbacking the charter legislation, and Johanne Brodeur, president of the Quebec Bar Association.
Bill 60, Brodeur told the hearings, violates not just the Canadian Constitution but also Quebec's own Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as international accords on civil liberties, CTV News reported.
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