The leader of the Parti Québécois says he is in complete disagreement with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who says he wants nothing to do with a Quebec religious neutrality bill.

In an open letter to the mayor posted on his Facebook page, Jean-François Lisée said Coderre is trying to use Montreal's status as a metropolis to exclude itself from laws being adopted by the National Assembly, and that is not acceptable.

"Mr. Mayor, Montreal is part of Quebec," Lisée writes. "Montrealers are part of the Quebec nation."

On Wednesday, Coderre re-affirmed Montreal's opposition to the Liberal government's neutrality bill, which is before a committee of the legislature for a clause-by-clause study.

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