Lisée defends secularism charter in the New York Times

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Jean-François Lisée has struck again in the pages of the New York Times, once again defending his government's secularism charter, and referring to the contentious debate over it as perhaps "the last stand of Canada’s multiculturalist experiment."

In a new op-ed piece, the international relations minister cites several examples of how multiculturalism has failed in Europe, noting that German chancellor Angela Merkel "deemed multiculturalism — the idea that social harmony is best achieved through celebrating our differences — a complete failure in Germany", and that British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed it helped fuel radical Islam in Britain.

Lisée then pointed out the debate over multiculturalism has reached Quebec, and that the prevailing attitude against it in this province runs counter to Canada's long-standing multiculturalism policy. He also points out it's not the only thing that separates Quebecers and those in the rest of Canada.

"Quebecers' dissent from the rest of Canada extends as deep as the country's Constitution," he writes, before essentially trying to hammer home the notion that Quebec's separatist government in 1982 never signed onto it.

In November, Lisée and the minister responsible for the charter, Bernard Drainville, co-authored a letter to the editor in the Times, referring to the charter as "Jeffersonian", consistent with Thomas Jefferson's willingness to ruffle feathers and to separate church and state.

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  1. More BS posted on 01/10/2014 03:35 PM
    Strange how these separatists want to ban all English in the province but will revert to it when it serves their cause.
  2. bwinn1 posted on 01/10/2014 03:53 PM
    This from a man who doesn't realize Orwell's 1984 is a cautionary tale and not a manual on how to run a xenophobic state,
  3. chuck posted on 01/10/2014 05:13 PM
    This man is a jerk and a hypocrite and a liar. I hope the PQ get lost very soon.
  4. Ross posted on 01/10/2014 05:36 PM
    He shouldn't comment on Canadian affairs since he doesn't respect Canadian values and he is a such a non factor in reality , a small voice with no relevance. Just a PQ puppet trying to look important but NOT.
  5. George Grummett posted on 01/10/2014 09:48 PM
    Thank You CJAD ...

    ... for no longer referring to this person as "the minister responsible for anglophones".
  6. Joe posted on 01/10/2014 09:55 PM
    He mentions that Quebec has one quarter of the population of Canada but forgets to mention that two thirds of the population of Quebec rejected this government and everything it stands for, and the rest of his article is so full of BS that it reeks of the same BS the his clan is shoveling. He does not have the guts to go to Europe to pedal his crap so he puts it the newspaper of a country that has so many internal problems that nobody I am sure in the USA would give 2 flying ---------- who wears a burka or whatever in this loser province.
    What a loser
  7. bahus posted on 01/10/2014 11:06 PM
    Mr. Lisée,first and foremost, Canada is NOT Europe, NOR France or Germany.
    Whether you like it or not, Canada is a UNIQUE place where multiculturalism has and will work well including Quebec. And get this, history has proven it !
    If you think it does not work, instead writing useless letters to NYT without merit please be so kind and PROVE IT.
    Please provide specific examples.I bet you'll have hard time to do so Mr. Lisée.
    Last but not least, I'm shocked that ever time PQ farts "the resist card" the media be it french or english are on the defensive instead calling their bluff and invite them to a public debate which they will obviously lose and uncover their true intentions....
  8. Carlos Castro posted on 01/11/2014 09:52 AM
    What can I say when I read such stupidity. There are so many important issues in Quebec to talk about it and here we are talking about charter of values..... people in the world are laughing their pants off.
  9. martin posted on 01/11/2014 02:50 PM
    You denounce the alleged rascisme of this man, but your comments are racsites. You are funny! :-)
    1. deb posted on 01/14/2014 12:19 PM
      @martin Um, where do you see a racist comment?
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