Municipal politicians give PQ's values charter a thumbs-down
The PQ's values charter has drawn an across-the-board negative reaction from Montreal's municipal politicians.
"It's a slap in the face to Montrealers," says mayoralty candidate Marcel Cote. "It's not a good day for our city, and it's bad for our reputation overseas. We're trying to draw students from all over the world to Montreal, and then we tell them, 'by the way, there's some of you who won't be able to wear your cultural costumes or headdresses and that sort of thing.'"
He says in the short term, a Cote administration would try to dissuade MNAs from passing the legislation.
Russell Copeman, the former Liberal MNA and Cote's candidate for borough mayor in Cote-des-Neiges-NDG, says the Charter is a non-solution to a largely nonexistent problem.
"There's no real problem in my view, certainly not in the Cote-des-Neiges-NDG borough," Copeman says.
Another mayoralty hopeful, Denis Coderre, calls the Charter unacceptable for Montreal or for our society.
He says he's in favor of separation of church and state, but is also in favor of an open secularism.
"Montreal is a metropolis, this is a cosmopolitan metropolis, we are defined by our own diversity," Coderre says. "I'll fight for Montreal."
As for Projet Montreal's Richard Bergeron, he says the Charter discriminates against women.
"If you consider that women wearing hijabs...if they are forbidden to work in daycares, in kindergarten, in primary and secondary schools, that's bad news." Bergeron says.