Quebec Charter of Values

Quebec Charter of Values

September 11, 2013 By Janko Predovic

CBC’s The National with a report on Quebec’s new “Charter of Values.”

The Parti Quebecois (PQ) in Quebec, led by the illustrious Pauline Marois, has taken another step toward isolating the province from the rest of Canada with its “Charter of Values”, allegedly designed to protect secularism in government and promote “integration” of foreign cultures.

Charter of Values Poster

Charter of Values – top row indicates “permissible” religious expression, while the bottom rows do not, according to asinine government policy.

To say this entire shenanigan is a blatant affront to the law of this country is an understatement:

Dickson CJ in R. v. Big M Drug Mart Ltd. [1985] 1 SCR 295:

94. A truly free society is one which can accommodate a wide variety of beliefs, diversity of tastes and pursuits, customs and codes of conduct. A free society is one which aims at equality with respect to the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms and I say this without any reliance upon s. 15 of the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms]. Freedom must surely be founded in respect for the inherent dignity and the inviolable rights of the human person. The essence of the concept of freedom of religion is the right to entertain such religious beliefs as a person chooses, the right to declare religious beliefs openly and without fear of hindrance or reprisal, and the right to manifest religious belief by worship and practice or by teaching and dissemination. But the concept means more than that.

95. Freedom can primarily be characterized by the absence of coercion or constraint. If a person is compelled by the state or the will of another to a course of action or inaction which he would not otherwise have chosen, he is not acting of his own volition and he cannot be said to be truly free. One of the major purposes of the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms] is to protect, within reason, from compulsion or restraint. Coercion includes not only such blatant forms of compulsion as direct commands to act or refrain from acting on pain of sanction, coercion includes indirect forms of control which determine or limit alternative courses of conduct available to others. Freedom in a broad sense embraces both the absence of coercion and constraint, and the right to manifest beliefs and practices. Freedom means that, subject to such limitations as are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others, no one is to be forced to act in a way contrary to his beliefs or his conscience.

[Emphasis mine.]

But, on top of the legal implications, in my opinion, this is just another PQ attempt to further the notion of Quebec “independence” through polarization. Understandably, it’s easy to get those throughout Canada who have said “NON” in referenda over the years to say “OUI, S’IL VOUS PLAIT, MAINTENANT!” by spewing hate, making it government policy and attaching it to a region with clearly defined borders. Makes it easier to cast them out, right? That’s just what they want.

Whether we are talking Quebec vs. Canada, French vs. English, Secularism vs. Religion, it’s all the same divisive, bipolar maneuvering, undertaken purely to make sure we are all aware that Quebec is different from the rest of us and should be cast out to find its own way. This time the propaganda is “veiled” as integration, but the stink cannot be masked.

Well, I have one thing to say to those of you in Quebec civil service (and the general population) who feel it is appropriate for government officials to approach your co-workers and measure the size of their cross or Star of David, or escort them out of the building because they are wearing a turban or a yarmulke.

You are different from the rest of this country all right.

But the rest of Canada has not given up on you. In fact, quite the opposite. Canada will just have to hold on to you a little bit tighter, shower a little bit more love on you, and teach you that this country is too enlightened to let ignorance break it apart.

That’s what “integration” is supposed to mean in Canada.

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