Tory leader says won't touch Quebec secularism law, supports Bill 101 expansion

Erin O'Toole

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says Quebec's secularism law and the independence of its legislature should be respected.
     
The Tory leader made the comments today, following a meeting with Francois Legault in Montreal, O'Toole's first in-person meeting with a premier since winning the leadership race in late August.
     
O'Toole says the country is facing a national unity crisis and the federal government shouldn't be interfering with the independence of provincial legislatures.
     
Quebec's secularism law, which bans certain public sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job, has been criticized by the Liberals.
     
O'Toole also said today large federally regulated companies such as banks and airlines should be forced to adhere to Quebec's strict language laws.
     
Quebec's minister for the French language recently signalled he plans to subject federal companies such as Via Rail to the province's language law, known as Bill 101, which would require them to operate in French.