Charter a modern-day version of 'speak white': Lester B. board

The Lester B. Pearson school board is calling the secularism charter a modern-day version of "speak white."

It is one of three organizations today that called for Bill 60 to be withdrawn, on the last day the National Assembly is accepting written briefs on it.

Board chair Suanne Stein-Day says the charter promotes fear and hate, and is the 2013 version of the infamous phrase "speak white" — a phrase once lobbed by English Canadians at French Canadians who spoke French in public.

"The bill goes against everything we believe in," she says.

The board is lining up with Quebec's English teachers' union, QPAT, and the organized Jewish community, who are all calling in their submissions for Bill 60 to be scrapped.

"It has a chilling effect on the Jewish community, and every minority being targeted by this bill," says David Ouellette with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

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  1. Chris Eustace posted on 12/23/2013 06:26 AM
    Dec. 23, 2013

    As a school taxpayer to the Lester B. Pearson School Board allow me a comment on its brief to the National Assembly, on the Charter of Quebec Values. The paper includes this sentence on page 8:

    " There can also be no doubt the target is people of color, people who have different beliefs and people whose cultural traditions differ from the majority community. "

    « Il ne fait aucun doute non plus que ceux qui sont ciblés sont les minorités visibles, les gens qui ont d'autres croyances religieuses et des gens dont les traditions culturelles diffèrent de la majorité. »

    Many of the proposals advocated by the Parti Québécois' Bill 60 are clearly unacceptable.

    However, the targeting of "people of color" (minorités visibles ) is not one of them.

    Chris Eustace

    (ret'd teacher)
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