Parti Québécois partisans wondering how to spin the government's controversial secular charter at holiday gatherings now have a handbook to guide them.

Released last Friday, the six-page guide, entitled Holiday party answers to your family's questions!, provides template answers to questions like:

  • What's the point of the Charter?
  • What will the Charter change?
  • What will happen to religious accommodations?
  • Why ban all employees of the state from wearing religious symbols?
  • What will happen to the crucifix in the National Assembly?

The guide also provides counter-arguments to assertions including:

  • Quebec is already secular. There's no problem.
  • The Charter is dividing everybody.
  • There are more people against the Charter than for it.
  • People everywhere in the world see us as racists.
  • The Charter contravenes existing rights and liberties. It will never pass.

Asked to comment on the PQ's holiday talking points for Bill 60, Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, told CBC News that it was "charter-free day" and did not answer questions.

Geoffery Kelley, the Liberal Member for Jacques-Cartier, called the guidebook a desperate act.

"Obviously they realize their product has a lot of problems if they have to go out and defend it, even over the holidays," he said.