Parti Québécois leadership candidate Pierre Karl Péladeau says he's in favour of a ban on religious symbols for authority figures and school teachers.

Péladeau waded into the question for the first time as the PQ caucus held a pre-session meeting where it accused the Couillard government of trying to sweep the religious secularism issue under the rug.

"Yes, personally I agree with this," Péladeau told reporters when asked if he agrees with the old Bouchard-Taylor formula on secularism.

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