The Quebec government's proposal for a charter of values that would ban public servants from wearing certain religious symbols at work has now officially been reduced to absurdity.
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Two new parody ads feature a young girl who is forced to give up her snowsuit because it too closely resembles a burka and told not to use plus signs because they evoke the Christian cross.
The fake commercials were written and directed by Pierre-Luc Miville and Robin Summer and posted on the Idle Bird YouTube channel.
A photo providing clarification on the new rules was released by Quebec's PQ government Tuesday and was immediately skewered by media and politicians alike.
Many pointed out that while small Christian symbols appear to be permitted, Muslim and Jewish ones, at least those larger than a Star of David ring, are not.
Federal Minister of Employment, Social Development and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney tweeted the Conservative government's displeasure regarding the new legislation and said the Department of Justice will review the bill for constitutional violations.
Very concerned re: proposed violations of religious freedom. Our govt will vigorously defend this freedom against any law that undermines it— Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) September 10, 2013
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have both said they oppose the charter.
The widespread opposition to the religious symbols ban seems unlikely to deter the PQ. A poll conducted by SOM and released Tuesday put support for the charter in Quebec at 66 per cent.
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