Values charter slammed as diversion, divisive
Fo Niemi, the head of the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, says the Marois government's proposed values charter is a solution to a nonexistent problem.
"It's very much of manufactured problem and crisis, especially in recent months, when people are more concerned with jobs and a stable economy," Niemi says.
And he believes the PQ may have fashioned this problem for their own political ends.
"We've seen a trend in many parts of Europe where right-wing governments and political parties immigration issues and hot-button issues as a way to gain popularity."
The head of the Lester B. Pearson school board, meantime, says they'll fight the charter and "defend the rights of our teachers and support staff in our schools to the ends of the earth."
She's also concerned the bill would force women wearing hijabs or other religious symbols on the job to choose between their jobs and their beliefs.
"I think that would be an awful choice to have to make and would be a very black mark on Quebec," Stein-Day says.