Postscript: Secularism, the charter’s red herring
Published Friday, October 18, 2013 12:44PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 21, 2013 10:15AM EDT
Just because you don't like something, doesn't make it go away. Even when you close your eyes, it’s still there.
The latest to weigh in on the Charter debate call themselves the Janettes -- after Janette Bertrand, once Quebec's early version of Oprah.
Bertrand, in fairness, has fought for both women’s and human rights, but this time she’s landed on the wrong side of the debate.
Les Janettes, a collection of artistes and others, seem to be confusing Muslim fundamentalism with the simple act of wearing a headscarf.
We are not talking about full face coverings here -- that a whole other debate entirely. And, I think that's a place no one wants to see us headed.
I’m not sure wearing a hijab is a sign of exploitation. I do believe many -- if not most -- women choose to wear it, as devout Jewish men wear kippas, and Sikh men wear turbans.
You see, this charter is not about secularism, it's about discrimination.
Secularism is a total red herring here. This is really about telling someone who is different that their access to economic opportunity will be limited.
If this is about equality then, well we have plenty of equality guarantees in the Canadian and Quebec charters.
So, when someone like Janette Bertrand makes statements like this they carry a lot of weight, particularly with those who might be a little less accommodating to difference.
They give license to others to bash people who don't look the same. And, they give license to certain people to put minorities in their place.
This debate is becoming troubling indeed.
And, that's exactly the point some esteemed psychiatrics from McGill were making this week -- this charter is bad for your health.
They say this charter violates human rights and legitimizes discrimination. This week, the Quebec Human Rights Commission also said that it has serious concerns that the proposals jeopardize human rights and freedoms.
It is high time, the PQ stopped this strip tease. Stop with all the trial balloons and table the thing. Let’s see if they are open to change. I have my doubts.
Did you know there are 12 candidates in the running to be mayor of Montreal?
All the major candidates are promising an end to corruption, economic growth and the usual quality of life stuff. I tell you the candidate who would get my vote -- the one who can stand up to Pauline Marois.
We need someone with the guts and fortitude to tell the PQ leave our city alone.
Back in the day, the mayor of Montreal was the second most powerful person in the province. Premiers would tremble if they got on the wrong side of the likes of Jean Drapeau. But. not anymore
I’m pretty sure it won’t be this guy to defend us either. Michel Brule promises no corruption and he's 100 per cent French. Not , 50, 60 or 80 but 100 per cent.
Can you imagine if an Anglo candidate on the West Island posted a sign saying 100 per cent English?
The tongue troopers and the guardians of purity would be marching demanding a summary execution.
But, in Quebec, like in Animal Farm, where all animals are equal -- some are more equal than others