People in Nebraska are surprised to hear their state has come up in a hot Canadian political debate. Tell folks here that the Parti Québécois cites Nebraska's law on religious clothing as a precedent, and prepare for a series of puzzled stares.

That's because the law is nearly a century old and Nebraskans have forgotten it exists.

The PQ actually pointed to the law as a precedent for its values charter, a centrepiece of its current plan for re-election on April 7.

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