Parizeau criticizes Charter of Values
Jacques Parizeau's much anticipated critique of the proposed Charter of Values is out this morning, and the former Premier makes it clear that he thinks it goes too far.
Parizeau writes that Quebec already has separation of church and state, and secularism is well established in Quebec society.
He points to the modification of long standing tradition such as the prayer prior to National Assembly sessions being replaced by a moment of silence.
He says it's time to remove the crucifix from the main chamber, and perhaps move it to another area of the building.
Writing in the Journal de Montreal, Parizeau says with all main political parties in Ottawa condemning the Charter, federalism has become the de-facto defender of minorities in Quebec.
He also says while he disagrees with the proposals as they are written now he does support the concept of banning religious symbols for people in a position of authority such as police and in the courts.
Parizeau says he thinks the Charter is the product of fear of Islam, because most of the impressions Quebecers develop come from the seemingly endless parade of images of violence, war, riots and terrorist attacks linked to the Islamic world.