Quebec Premier Pauline Marois stands to support a motion regarding the controversial values charter at the Parti Quebecois Convention in Montreal on Sunday. Christinne Muschi/Reuters/Landov hide caption itoggle caption Christinne Muschi/Reuters/Landov Parallels With Echoes Of France, Debate On Religion Divides Quebec November 14, 2013 The Canadian province has proposed a "secularism charter" that would ban government workers from wearing religious symbols. Supporters say it would preserve gender equality and the separation of church and state. Critics say the measure curbs religious freedom. The issue has echoes of a debate that's played out in France twice in the past decade.