QUEBEC - The chief architect of Quebec's proposed values charter is insisting the former Parti Quebecois government had all the legal opinions necessary to push the project forward.Bernard Drainville...
Was the rise in voter turnout linked to an increase of immigrant and visible minorities voters? Was it the Charter or the spectre of another referendum for them to "steal" that drove them to the polls in record numbers? If Premier Marois had access to better polling data surveying minorities who make up a sizeable chuck of the electorate, would she have pulled the electoral chain to begin with? As pollsters drown in the sea of complacency and/or mortal fear of uncovering the uncomfortable truths, the necessary examination of voters will continue to falter.
Don't like the Quebec Charter of Values? Then this is for you. The following infographic, which was posted to Reddit on Tuesday, was created by Jess Salomon, a former UN war crimes lawyer and now a co...
What does it say about Canada that two of the most popular things in the country right now are the Quebec Charter of Values and Rob Ford? We're continuously told these things are, in fact, grossly unpopular. But if the polls are to be believed, both actually enjoy a larger, stabler base of loyalists than many of the people doing the loudest scolding.
With hearings on the secular charter due to begin Tuesday morning at the national assembly, many Quebecers are wearing overt religious symbols today as a form of protest. “Today basically is just to...
Imagine your child's favourite teacher. This teacher is known to provide her students with an enriched classroom. Now imagine that this exemplary teacher is a person who subscribes to a religious faith for which she dresses in a particular fashion. Should she remove the outward signs of her faith so that she can keep teaching?
Because the tenor of the debate over Quebec's proposed "Charter of Values" has been too civil so far ... right? Well-known Quebec nationalist Richard Martineau wore a burqa on air Friday during his sh...
The PQ has decided that certain elements are culturally "Quebecois" and can stay, while everything else must go. In essence, the Charter is the PQ's attempt to dictate which cultures are acceptable and which are threatening.
QUEBEC - The Parti Quebecois' controversial values charter is being rebranded — and its official new name is a mouthful.It will be tabled Thursday as a bill in the legislature under the formal title:...
Quebec's Human Rights Commission has taken the highly unusual step of commenting on a government proposal, delivering one of the most forceful rebukes yet to the Parti Québécois' Charter of Quebec Values. According to the Commission, the values charter would represent "a clear break" with Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
The PQ should focus on using education to preserve its culture and language. Almost 80 per cent of Quebecers identify themselves as Francophone. Thus, it's a failure of education when someone who was born, raised and educated in Montreal tells you that he moved to Toronto because it's impossible to find a job in Montreal. The issue should not be that French was required of them but that, over the course of their educational career, they were not properly taught the language and its value -- economic and cultural. The new Ontarians will not phrase it this way, of course.
Last Thursday night about 1,500 Montrealers gathered for an event that coincided with Pop Montreal. When the CBC's Jian Ghomeshi brought his crew to the Olympia Theatre for a live taping of his daily radio show, Q, the Toronto-based host, perhaps unwittingly, used culture to choreograph and direct a re-awakening of the city's confidence.
MONTREAL - Amnesty International is wading into the debate over Quebec's controversial charter of values, arguing that the plan would limit "fundamental rights" and further stigmatize vulnerable women...
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As expected, the provincial government's proposed Charter of Quebec Values contains a highly problematic ban on religious symbols or attire for all public sector employees. The Charter's supporters argue that it is necessary to protect the religious neutrality of the Quebec state, but that argument is based on a number of faulty premises, such as: The state cannot be religiously neutral if public employees wear religious items; religious identity can be "turned off" during business hours; religious symbols in the workplace undermine gender equality and that certain Catholic symbols in public institutions are cultural or historical, but faith-based accessories worn by public employees are religious.
Actually, maybe Pauline Marois' motivation in pushing a religious headgear ban isn't that mysterious after all. If we presume Quebeckers vote separatist because they genuinely believe their province is getting a raw deal staying in Canada, with part of that raw deal being the fact that the mean ol' Canadian government won't let them have the things they want -- like, say, a religious headgear ban backed by 69 per cent of the public -- then a heavy-handed federal lawsuit reenforcing this storyline might actually be in the Parti Quebecois' long-term partisan self-interest.
QUEBEC - The Parti Quebecois' controversial charter of values has received the staunch support of an influential backer: a union representing the province's civil servants.The SFPQ union, which has 42...
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. NOTE: Click the "C...
Calgary's popular Mayor Naheed Nenshi has a message for Quebecers facing a controversial religious ban. Move to Calgary. The mayor took a moment after a Pride Parade in Calgary on Sunday to address Qu...
Quebec's citizenship minister today said the province is long overdue in dealing with the issue of accommodations to religious communities. Five years after the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonab...
MONTREAL - An overwhelming majority of respondents to a Quebec poll say the patriation of the Constitution 30 years ago was a good thing, in a wide-ranging survey that examines opinions on the provinc...