Quebec and Federal governments react to UN's Bill 78 slam
The Quebec and Federal governments are reacting to the U.N. human rights pronouncement on Quebec's Bill 78.
Quebec Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier says the U.N. High Cimmissioner for Human Rights failed to ask the better question about rights in Quebec. Notably, the right of all students to go to their classes.
Fournier says Bill 78 was a last resort after attempts at negotiations and after many court injunctions to re-open CEGEPS and University faculties. All to no avail.
The federal reaction to the U.N. dig: the Harper government defends Quebec's right to pass its own laws "in a democratic environment", and criticizes the U.N. High Commissioner for ignoring worse rights' abuses in Belarus, Sri Lanka and Iran.