There is a bit of confusion here on the where the two distinct schools of thought between Kebec and English-speaking Canada came from. While Pauline Marois's Charter of Values hails from the rigid system that was the norm in France in the era of kings, the English-speaking world had the Magna Carta on which to draw their rights and liberties from, and regarded them as something very precious to their way of life.
Remember that English Common Law and the Magna Carta are inseparable parts of the legal system. Whereas no such equal can be found in the French system, because the king was an absolute ruler and his word was the law of the land. What we are seeing today in Kebec is rebirth of the time of the French kings in a very different era. For example just consider the time of Catherine di Medici who ruled as Queen and Regent of France and how she and the pope plotted the St. Bartholomew's Day (August 24, 1574) massacre of the Huguenots (French Protestants) in which some 15,000 Huguenots were put to the sword by Catholics. The Huguenot population was one tenth of France. At that time the excuse that Catherine di Medici gave for the slaughter of the Huguenots was that it was done for the good of France. It was King Henri IV (Henri of Navarre) a Huguenot convert to Catholicism who changed that by his Edict of Nantes on April 13, 1598 which gave French Protestants their right to practice their religion. But in 1685 King Louis XVI (the Sun King) abrogated the Edict of Nantes, which gave him the right to kill the Huguenots.
When Great Britain passed the Kebec Act of June 22, 1774 it permitted the Habitants (Franco-Amerindians) the right to practice their Catholic faith. Of course the Roman Catholic Church in Kebec while accepting this generous gesture by the British government began an underground religiopolitical war against them because they were Protestants; and the Catholic clergy in Kebec did not want much to do with them. But the underground religiopolitical war by the Kebecois Catholic Church has continued on and this was further exacerbated during the late 1920s when an ultra Catholic secret society with a political slant was formed in Vanier, Ontario, by Franco-Amerindians which espoused the idea of making Canada a Joual- speaking Roman Catholic country by whatever means possible and it was called the L'Ordre Jacques Cartier (The Order of Jacques Cartier). It continued on this course to make Canada a Catholic country, till 1964, when it claimed that it was disbanded. But the real idea behind that so-called closure was that it was reborn and gained more clout. Thus out of death of L'Ordre Jacques Cartier came the seven headed HYDRA in the form of the various political parties of Kebec, including the Parti Kebecois of today.
Now, you can fully understand the game that Pauline Marois and the Parti Kebec was really playing, when they came out with their Kebec Charter of Values by which the presence of all religions other than Catholicism had to be totally removed from Kebecois society. But they have permitted the Crucifix to stay by calling it a CULTURAL symbol and not a religious icon. Thus all religious symbols that do not conform to the Catholic faith are now taboo in Kebec. But the religiopolitical war of the Kebecois continues unabated.
Kenneth T. Tellis