Mayor Coderre reveals what he'll tell values charter hearings

Says the Marois government should mind its own business

Parliamentary committee hearings into the proposed values charter begin Tuesday in Quebec City and among those appearing will be Montreal's mayor.

Denis Coderre says he plans to tell the government to mind its own business.

He wants Quebec to stay away from the city's dealings with religious minorities on its payroll.

In Coderre's words, "it's not up to the Quebec government to decide how we're going to hire civil servants in our city."

He adds, "I'm going to send the message that Montreal defines itself by its diversity.

Bill 60 would ban civil servants from wearing religious clothing on the job.


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  1. William posted on 01/11/2014 08:04 PM
    Finally..... A mayor that has the guts to tell the P.Q. where to get off.
  2. Bren posted on 01/11/2014 08:34 PM
    All right Mayor Coderre!

    Here comes Bill 60, hairy bill 60 strutting across the playground of Montreal like a prom king, flexing his muscles, checking his hair, dancing around a disco ball like a rooster.

    But wait, what do we see in the distance? That cool dude over there?

    It's Mayor Coderre.

    He walks across the playground, slow and steady, like Jack Palance in the movie City Slickers. He pauses, does ten one arm pushups.

    Two back flips.

    Pulls out a couple ninja stars, starts juggling.

    Does the splits.

    Gets up.


    Whispers "this is it. My city, my rules."

    Bill 60, the bully, takes one look at his opponent, starts running in the opposite direction, slips on a half eaten plate of poutine, goes down, starts crying.

    The crowd cheers.

    Nobody gets hurt.

    Montreal goes back to where it once belonged.

    We celebrate together, all wearing headgear of our choice.

    Go Mayor Coderre!!
  3. Murray posted on 01/11/2014 09:28 PM
    He should wear a skull cap on his head and a gigantic crucifix around his neck when he speaks!
  4. George Grummett posted on 01/11/2014 10:00 PM
    Sadly, despite M. Coderre's fightin' words, in fact if this charter becomes law, Quebec (i.e. the provincial government) will be able to decide how civil servants are hired. Like it or not, this PQ Quebec government was democratically and legally elected.

    That is why we must all work hard to prevent it becoming law, and to ensure that the PQ are not re-elected.
    1. sam posted on 01/13/2014 12:28 PM
      @George Grummett Actually, this is why Montreal must become independent from the Rest of Quebec in order for it to flourish as the distinct society that is its reality. Coderre for Premier of Montreal.
  5. jonathan posted on 01/12/2014 09:31 AM
    These parliamentary committee hearings will serve no purpose because this charter of values will still pass ... all that will happen is a few changes here and there and what will happen at the end of the day is that were heading towards a fascist totalitarian state.
  6. sam posted on 01/12/2014 01:29 PM
    OK. I was wrong about Coderre. He is not the typical politician I thought he was. He has clear unhidden liberal principles and seems brave enough to try to help all Montrealers. Hopefully he can navigate despite the choking yoke of the rest of Quebec and its provincial nationalism. Maybe , one day, Coderre for Premier of Montreal.
  7. Tyson posted on 01/12/2014 09:11 PM
    Thank you, Denis.
  8. Martin PL posted on 01/14/2014 12:31 AM
    lol montreal can't separate from Québec he just a city....
    and the charte is good.
    1. Richard posted on 01/17/2014 09:45 PM
      @Martin PL Why cant Montreal seperate from Quebec?
      What is good for Quebec is good for Montreal
      Thats the thing about you seperatists
      You want to leave a country that puts up with your crap to create a country that wont
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