02/19/2015 11:39 EST | Updated 04/21/2015 05:59 EDT

Quebec tables motion on secularism and extremism

Quebec's Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée has tabled a motion in the National Assembly outlining the Couillard government's position on secularism and extremism. 

The motion focuses on fostering inclusion in Quebec, as well as speaking of implementing new measures to investigate cases of discrimination and hate crimes and bringing in more severe punishments to deal with them.

The motion will be re-presented at the National Assembly next week after the government consults with the Opposition.

The declaration comes after more than a month of attacks by Opposition members who said Premier Philippe Couillard was soft on secularism.

Although the government is working on an action plan to fight extremism and plans on releasing it in the summer, the Parti Québécois and Coalition Avenir Québec have been pressuring the premier to do more, faster. 

The Opposition has also criticized the Liberals for backing away from an election-night promise to proceed with religious neutrality legislation as soon as possible. 

Last month, the premier said he would table that law before the end of his mandate in 2018.