Pauline Marois didn’t mean to offend anyone.
The premier slammed Britain’s multiculturalism in a recent interview with Le Devoir. She said it has resulted in “people beating each other up and setting off bombs,” but later sent out a press release to say she didn’t mean to offend anyone or criticize Britain’s multicultural policy.
This came out days before Marois and her Parti Quebecois government unveiled details about their Quebec Charter of Values.
The proposed new charter will ban visible religious wear for public-sector employees, including turbans, crucifixes, head scarves, kippas and hijabs.
Your child’s daycare providers, your doctors and government employees will be banned from wearing the religious garb. It’s in the name of secularism and religious neutrality, but yet a giant crucifix can hang in the National Assembly.
As politicians return to the legislature this week, Marois’s inflammatory comments should be the proverbial nail in the coffin for the already-insulting charter.
But that’s not the case.
Astonishingly, 58 per cent of Quebecers are in favour of the charter, according to a Forum Research survey.
Opposition leaders, meanwhile, have blasted Marois for her comments. Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard demanded an apology.
“We accept all,” chimed in Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, making many of us 42-per-centers envious of the western city.
Maybe this is a stretch, but this could have a marginal impact on the already-difficult doctor recruitment efforts in the region.
A Montreal Gazette article suggested McGill University’s medical school is diversifying its admissions – meaning it’s broadening its demographics to accept students from visible minorities.
If young doctors can practice medicine and express their religious freedoms elsewhere, why would they come here?
The hijab your daycare provider wears should not impact on your child’s religious beliefs.
Maybe we need another OldTimers-style protest, where we send our doctors and public sector employees to work wearing religious garb.
The 40-plus-aged soccer team in Chelsea threatened to join another Quebec team and take to the fields wearing turbans to protest a province-wide ban on the religious garb last June. Whether or not it helped, the Quebec Soccer Federation relented on the rule.
According to the National Post, Montreal’s English school board has suffered an all-time low in enrolment this year, with 10,000 fewer students. Board officials blame the PQ’s controversial amendments to the language law, which has since died on the table.
Given Marois’s multicultural comments and the planned Quebec Charter of Values, it would be no surprise if many Quebecers left for Calgary.
Pauline, your charter is a terrible idea. No offence.