09/12/2013 10:59 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST

Bloc Québécois expels MP over secular charter comments

The Bloc Québécois has expelled MP Maria Mourani from its caucus over critical comments she made about the proposed Quebec charter of values, CBC News has learned.

In an interview with Radio-Canada on Wednesday, Mourani said Quebec's charter of values was a political miscalculation on the part of Premier Pauline Marois.

On Tuesday, the Quebec government unveiled a proposed charter of values that would see public employees banned from wearing religious symbols such kippas, turbans, burkas, hijabs and "large" crosses.

The federal government has vowed to challenge the proposed charter of values if it violates the rights of Canadians.

"If it's determined that a prospective law violates the constitutional protections to freedom of religion to which all Canadians are entitled, we will defend those rights vigorously," Kenney told reporters Tuesday.

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