The small-town radical secularist who helped touch off the furor three years ago over reasonable accommodation of minorities cast his own unique spotlight yesterday on the province's proposed limitations on wearing face veils.

André Drouin dubbed Canada's multiculturalism policy "idiocy" and called for a moratorium on immigration. He also cast doubt on the separation of church and state, noting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms starts off affirming the "supremacy of God."

Drouin made his comments on the last scheduled day of the National Assembly's public hearings on Bill 94, which sets out guidelines for accommodating religious differences in Quebec's public sector.

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