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12/24/2013 04:08 EST | Updated 02/23/2014 05:59 EST

PQ Produces Holiday Guide To Defending Values Charter

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Quebec Premier Pauline Marois smiles through candles during a luncheon after giving a speech to the Canadian-UK Chamber of Commerce in London, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Parti Québécois partisans wondering how to spin the government's controversial values charter at holiday gatherings now have a handbook to guide them.

Released last Friday, the six-page guide, entitled Holiday party answers to your family's questions!, provides template answers to questions like:

- What's the point of the Charter?

- What will the Charter change?

- What will happen to religious accommodations?

- Why ban all employees of the state from wearing religious symbols?

- What will happen to the crucifix in the National Assembly?

The guide also provides counter-arguments to assertions including:

- Quebec is already secular. There's no problem.

- The Charter is dividing everybody.

- There are more people against the Charter than for it.

- People everywhere in the world see us as racists.

- The Charter contravenes existing rights and liberties. It will never pass.

Asked to comment on the PQ's holiday talking points for Bill 60, Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, told CBC News that it was "charter-free day" and did not answer questions.

Geoffery Kelley, the Liberal Member for Jacques-Cartier, called the guidebook a desperate act.

"Obviously they realize their product has a lot of problems if they have to go out and defend it, even over the holidays," he said.

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