Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois has clarified her comments on how the secular charter would apply to the private sector, acknowledging that if private businesses adopted it they could face legal action from employees.

The PQ leader said on Monday that private companies would be welcome to adopt similar policies to her party's proposed secular charter, which would only apply to government-run institutions.

Bill 60, which died when the provincial election was called nearly two weeks ago, would have banned public-sector workers from wearing overt religious symbols such as hijabs, kippas, turbans or ostentatious crucifixes.

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