The Parti Québécois's proposed charter of Quebec values, would see religious symbols such as turbans, kippas, hijabs and visible crucifixes banned for public employees. Doctors, teachers and public daycare workers would be covered by the legislation.

Over the weekend, Marois said the charter would be a "strong uniting element between Quebecers."

But the leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec party, François Legault, disagrees.

"We hope that the Parti Québécois turns the page as soon as possible because we know that this debate will divide Quebec," he said.

However, Legault did acknowledge the principle behind the PQ's charter. He said too much religious accommodation has been made over the years and criticized the provincial Liberal Party for not defending Quebec's traditional values.