Westmount High protests PQ Charter of Values
About a hundred teachers and students gathered outside Westmount High school before class on Friday morning to protest the Parti Québécois's proposed Charter of Values.
Teachers at Westmount High say their not only fighting for their colleagues and students, that will be affected by the Charter of Quebec Valuesbut also because the charter contradicts the curriculum, which was introduced by Pauline Marois when she was the Minister of Education in 1997.
“This proposal makes an absolute mockery of the Quebec curriculum,” said Rob Greene, a grade 11 teacher at Westmount High.
“In several different subject areas the curriculum paints a story of Quebec as an open society that is respectful of people’s fundamental rights, so how are we supposed to be teaching this curriculum now?”
If the charter is passed teachers like Farheen Ahmad, who wears a hijab, could lose their job.
“I feel like I’m not welcome in my own homebut moving would be an absolute last resort,” she says.
“I would definitely stay and fight this, because it’s my right, as a Canadian and a Quebecker, to be free and practice my religion.”
Students also showed their support, they said if passed, the charter would negatively affect all future generations.
They plan on continuing these demonstration every Friday mornings before class begins at 8:15.