Erin OToole says he wont touch Quebec secularism law, supports Bill 101 expansion [Video]


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Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds his first news conference as leader on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Aug. 25, 2020.

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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said following a meeting Monday with Quebec Premier Francois Legault that he supports the province’s right to pass legislation banning religious symbols and he wouldn’t challenge it in court.

Canada is facing a national unity crisis, O’Toole told reporters after his first in-person meeting with a premier since winning the leadership race in late August. The federal government, therefore, shouldn’t be interfering with the independence of provincial legislatures, he said.

“We have a national unity crisis at the moment – particularly in Western Canada – and I did speak to the premier about that,” O’Toole said. “We need a government that respects provincial autonomy and provincial legislatures.”

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