Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois says the separatist provincial party will be tabling a bill next week that will seek to better define the values of Quebecers. Marois says the bill will seek to affirm that Quebec is a secular society where French is the primary language and where people believe in equality between men and women.

Marois made the remarks today while addressing some 500 party members at the opening of a two-day national council meeting in Montreal. The PQ is discussing its positions on issues related to language, immigration and identity.

She says it’s up to the PQ to defend the Quebec values and the French language because the governing Liberals have failed to do so. The issue of so-called reasonable accommodation of minorities into Quebec society is also being debated at the meeting, which wraps up Sunday.