Members of Quebec's most prominent women's group are divided over whether to acknowledge prostitution as a freely chosen career and whether to support all Muslim female public servants who choose to wear a hijab at work.
Bouchard said members were also split on a motion supporting all Muslim public servants who wish to wear a hijab at work. The vote was postponed, she said, because members wanted more information.
The federation's current position — adopted in 2009 — says public servants in positions of authority should be prohibited from wearing conspicuous religious symbols on the job.
That internal discussion reflects a wider debate in Quebec society over the secular nature of the state.