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Quebec Liberals to consider religious dress code

11/19/2013 11:35 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST
After weeks of criticizing the Parti Québécois's secular charter, the Quebec Liberals may consider softening their stance on a religious dress code for some civil servants. 

The Liberals today confirmed that an internal committee is studying the option of implementing a religious dress code for police officers, judges, and others in positions of authority.

That would fall in line with the recommendations of the 2008 recommendations from the Bouchard-Taylor reasonable accommodation commission.

Until today, the Liberal party has said any restrictions on individual freedoms are unacceptable.

MNA Fatima Houda-Pépin breaks party line

Party officials say the possible changes have nothing to do with recent dissent from MNA Fatima Houda-Pépin, who broke ranks last week to say that garments like the chador are symbols of fundamentalism.

Houda-Pépin is the only Muslim woman in the national assembly. 

Her future in the party is expected to be determined during a caucus meeting at the national assembly today.

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