Coalition supports PQ's values charter

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 9/24/2013 3:29:00 PM

A group of well-known Quebecers, including former politicians and a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, are banding together to show support the Parti Québécois' controversial Charter of Quebec Values.

The group calls itself the Rassemblement Pour La Laïcité (Gathering for Secularism), and it's an umbrella group of prominent Quebec groups and individuals, including the Quebec public sector workers' union (SFPQ), the progressive separatist group SPQ Libre, and individuals such as former FEUQ leader Martine Desjardins, former Supreme Court justice Claire l'Heureux Dubé, former PQ language minister Louise Beaudoin, former union leaders Lorraine Pagé and Gérald Larose, and singer Paul Piché.

The group is organized by former Concordia University professor Michel Lincourt, who says the provision for banning religious symbols is the only way to keep Quebec secular.

"Out of respect for everyone...if you work for the government and you are paid by my taxes, you have to respect me and all citizens the same way," Lincourt says.

The group is also pushing for the crucifix to be removed from above the speakers' chair at the National Assembly, and the five-year opt-out clause for hospitals and schools be removed.

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  1. Jerry posted on 09/24/2013 03:44 PM
    The state should be secular. Yes, I agree but the individuals do not have to be. An employee is not the state and therefore, does not have to be secular. They do however, have a job to do - impartially, earnestly, professionally, sincerely, and according to the policies set forth. Their logic is reversed and believe that individuals' religious rights can be set aside for the state to be neutral. Sorry, this group which includes a Concordia professor and a judge are not seeing clearly.
  2. Kari posted on 09/24/2013 03:50 PM
    Ironically Mr.Lincourt starts his comment with " out of respect for everyone ".
    It seems to be that most people always felt that way and that's why we didn't need a CHARTER OF VALUES.
    Look who is on that list....................PQists.
    Just go away already.
  3. George73 posted on 09/24/2013 03:55 PM
    "Out of respect for everyone...if you work for the government and you are paid by my taxes, you have to respect me and all citizens the same way," Lincourt says.

    Strange sentiment. As a tax-paying anglophone, I have never found that government employees have shown me any respect with regards to the language I wish to be served in. Overt display of religion apparently offends these francophone separatists, but they are unwilling to accept that overt displays of francophone separatiist sentiments among government employees offends non-francophone tax payers.

    Also interestingly, all of the individuals (except one) mentioned in the article is described as a "former" something or other. Seems like they are looking for some cause to ride to make themselves appear to be relevant again since their "former" status would imply that they are now just Joe and Josephine Schmos like everyone else and their opinions are worth no more than anyone elses. Guess they need something to get a PQ patronage appointment. Can they spell opportunist in either of the two official languages of Canada?
  4. Umaga posted on 09/24/2013 04:10 PM
    This is great !! We need more of the people who believe in the Charter to show their support . Time to stand up to the multi-culturalist mob !
    1. LMAO posted on 09/24/2013 04:40 PM
      @Umaga Yes you are absolutely right because the 500 who showed up last week aren't going to get it done lol.
  5. Vadim posted on 09/24/2013 04:22 PM
    Yes, it's like this "we only tolerate tolerant people i.e. like us" - usual method of expulsion and subjugation - there is nothing here about individual rights and freedoms. And, there is nothing like secular state - states are made of people who have all kind of beliefs, they all should be respected - BY ALLOWING people to keep and follow their beliefs!
  6. clint posted on 09/24/2013 04:23 PM
    They sound like "The Old School Coalition" to me.
  7. sam samson posted on 09/24/2013 05:49 PM
    When the "state" removes ALL religious symbols in its jurisdiction i.e. crucifixes on public property, the words "saint", "sainte" " st." and "ste." from all street and town names, the cross from the flag, and the "saint" from the name of the current minister of justice, Only then can this brain trust begin talking about trampling on the religious rights of individuals without the stench of hypocrisy.
  8. Theo posted on 09/24/2013 08:09 PM
    Met a friend's neighbor today and discovered he's a muslim, but not a hard-core muslim. He's an immigrant from India. His wife does not wear the hijab but he tells his wife that he thinks some women look more beautiful wearing it. That is where this debate should be - in the bedroom - and the state should stay out of the bedroom.
  9. bahus posted on 09/24/2013 08:18 PM
    Their statement sounds more like a white supremacy group statement rather than highly educated group of people. I guess some people never learn. Aside from that they don't realize that at the end of the day the person whether wearing be it hijab, kipa , turban or not, will still be the same person serving them with their deep religious convictions. The charter will not convert them into hard core PQists. So what’s the point? The whole so called Charter of Quebec Values is a total waste of time and money. Whether they like it or not, Quebec is already multi cultural, multi ethnic society and the charter will not change it.
  10. jonico posted on 09/24/2013 08:25 PM
    A bunch of narrow-minded frustrated separatists. What a waste of time & energy. Beyond ridiculous.
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