‘Charter of Quebec Values’ will be uniting force for province: Pauline Marois

QUEBEC – Pauline Marois says the Parti Quebecois’ planned “Charter of Quebec Values,” which would include a ban on religious headwear for public employees, will be a uniting force for the province.

In her first public comments on the controversial proposal since details were revealed last week, Quebec’s premier rejected any suggestion the new rules would be a source of division amongst the population.

Instead, Marois said the charter will help bring Quebec together, much like Bill 101, the province’s landmark legislation aimed at protecting the French language.

The charter will affirm, once and for all, the equality between men and women, she said, and it will reflect not only “universal” values, but Quebec values as well.

“We’re moving forward in the name of all the women, all the men, who chose Quebec for our culture, for our freedom, and for our diversity,” she said Sunday at a gathering of young PQ members in Quebec City.

Leaked details, published in a media report last week, include a plan to prohibit people like doctors, teachers and public-daycare workers from donning turbans, kippas, hijabs and visible crucifixes.

Marois said the charter would be the culmination of a long process that began a half-century ago with the secularization of public institutions, such as schools.

She didn’t take questions from reporters after her speech.

Past polls have suggested such a charter would be popular in Quebec, but last week’s new details drew an angry response from some pundits and minority groups.

The PQ, which is planning to bring forward the legislation this fall, has a minority government and it’s not clear yet if the plan will get support from opposition parties.

Philippe Couillard, the new Quebec Liberal leader, who has been highly critical of the idea, said Sunday he would try to be “constructive” in dealing with the charter.

But he accused the PQ of trying to distract voters from more important issues.

“I see this as quite an obvious attempt to move citizens’ attention away from jobs and the economy,” he said.




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‘Charter of Quebec Values’ will be uniting force for province: Pauline Marois

  1. Despots throughout history have scapegoated those who are “different” as a way of diverting the attention of the populace from the real problems of the day, and as an attempt to unify popular support against a common, albeit conveniently contrived, foe.

    Marois is a fraud, and not a particularly original one, at that.

  2. I see this a yet another angle to alienate Quebeckers from the rest of Canada. Lets face it, this is a such a blatant human rights abuse that several cases are likely to work their way through the courts, to end up in the lap of the Supreme Court which will then be cast as the villain in Quebec when it over-rides this “values” charter.

    Yet another arguing point to strengthen the PQ’s talking points about federal oppression.

  3. She means a uniting force for the Quebec nation doesn’t she?

  4. “We’re moving forward in the name of all the women, all the men, who
    chose Quebec for our culture, for our freedom, and for our diversity,” quote by Pauline Marois

    …to prohibit people like doctors, teachers and public-daycare workers from donning turbans, kippas, hijabs and visible crucifixes !!! so much for freedom, culture AND diversity !!!

    …language laws, bill 101… !!!so much for the freedom AND culture of others!!!

    … protecting the French language !!! so much for the culture AND diversity of others!!!

    As with all politicians.. look for the opposite of what they say.

    I am an english speaking Canadian, I bear no ill will towards Quebec, yet I see a devastated economy, shameful policies that are clearly prejudicial, oppressive rules and regulations that suppress all cultures that are non-french. A militant wannabe government that has never truly represented the Chinese/asian, Native/aboriginal, Immigrant or English segments of the province and its society… shame, shame, shame!

  5. This revolting charter is racist ON ITS FACE. Not only is a Catholic crucifix necklace easily tucked into a shirt, it is removable: a Sikh can not remove his turban EVER and it is highly visible by design, and it is a central tenet of his faith.

    The only effect of this charter — and it is intentional — is to keep Muslims and Sikhs and “others” out of the Public service in Quebec (where they are already discriminated against — in 25 years here I have seen ONE black or brown Metro attendant and ZERO black or brown construction or city blue-collar workers.

    Of course this proposal unites “Quebecers” — pure laine Quebecers — it makes them feel nationalistic in the face of the “other”. It was never about just language, it’s about Quebecois feeling like a special race, or “people”. Russia has the same program as this charter, nationlism in the face of a declining society, by marginalizing gay people and Jews. In Quebec it is gentler, and about marginalizing Muslims, but the same effect.

  6. It is sad to see freedom of religion being destroyed in Canada. This is reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

  7. To prohibit anything is to take freedom away….. All freedom of expression in speech, clothing, decorative apparel , should not be limited by anyone. Guess they would be happy to see all the people wearing the same uniforms with their law makers picture or words of praise on the fronts and backs. How sad others, should call them bullies, want the control of other people. Let Freedom speak up and defend itself before we no longer can. ………………..MIGHTYMOUSE

  8. I am a very concerned muslim. Will the Marois Charter consider the religious islamic and jewish circumcision..? Will the Charter require to reverse of the circoncision for the muslims and the jews…? Will the new chirugy covered by the Quebec medical insurance?

    • Not to worry. They’ll create a new government ministry to handle the foreskin reattachment issue:

      Ministère de la réimplantation des prépuces

      Then they’ll demand federal funding for it. When the feds capitulate and announce funding (don’t they always?), the PQ will angrily denounce this federal intrusion into Quebec affairs.

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