Quebec Charter of Values could be unhealthy for kids: doctors
A group of doctors, researchers and educators in the medical field wrote an open letter about their concerns pertaining to the Quebec Charter of Values.
“You make use of the pain that’s already in the society,” said Dr. Jaswant Guzder, head of child psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. “And your identity as Francophone Quebecers is now in danger again, which excites an enormous amount of anxiety.”
The debate can be harmful to the development of children according to Guzder.
“By the age of four, that’s when the real self sort of hatches, understand the gender, and they begin to understand the society they live in,” she said. “They’re absorbing.”
If everyone who works for the state, teachers, nurses, doctors, aren’t allowed to express who they are by any sort of religious symbol like a kippah, she said it will create a two-tier society.
“If all the people who are in positions of authority are not ‘my people’ at all, there is no one I can identify with, what kind of dissonance does that set up for identity inside that child,” Guzder said.
In the letter, the group wrote that diversity is actually healthy for the mental state.
“The agenda of homeostasis, that is to keep everything the same forever, is almost delusional,” Guzder said.
Quebec has long been trying to encourage immigration to the province, and this rhetoric and debate is only scaring people away.
“The reality is they have a low birth rate, it’s a globalizing world out there,” she said. “We are competing with trade markets all around the world; can’t minorities be seen as someone who contributes something to the health and the economic growth of the society?”
Photo of Tuesday’s Montreal Gazette