Quebec’s Bar Association says PQ’s charter of values is illegal

Quebec's Bar Association is in line to present a brief next month at the hearings into the Parti Quebecois’ secularism charter, and in its leaked brief, it tears Bill 60 to shreds.

The 35 page brief says forbidding anybody from wearing religious symbols goes against the Quebec and Canadian charters of rights.

Because of that, it says the Charter of Values wouldn't stand a chance in a human rights legal battle.

“The Bar is basing its analysis on Quebec’s current charter of rights, but we are changing its wording so that will influence judgement’s in the future,” Minister Bernard Drainville said.

In the brief, the Bar even goes as far as criticising the secularism charter's name saying the use of the word values is inappropriate.

Drainville says he disagrees with all the Bar's statements because it favors the status quo.

“The status quo is not acceptable in our view, we do not have the same reading as the Bar for Quebec’s reality, there is a strong consensus that religious accommodations should be set within a clear framework of rules,” he said.

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  1. Pat C. posted on 01/16/2014 04:22 PM
    Old laws no good. Rules but not based on law. New laws that are not equally applied. New laws that will allow people to be arrested for various transgressions. The majority of Quebec are French. I wonder what the majority will do? Or does disagreeing with any rule put you in harms way. Yes, it probably does.
  2. Nica posted on 01/16/2014 04:29 PM
    Why bother with this exercise if no one else's ideas will be considered? Present your charter, have a vote and be done with it! Furthermore, just because you disagree and/or goes against your personal agenda, Drainville, doesn't mean it's not true.
  3. More BS posted on 01/16/2014 06:55 PM
    No one will ever misspell his last name with the letter B.
  4. peter posted on 01/16/2014 09:23 PM
    This guy is lost and stupid.He is gone next election.
  5. sam posted on 01/17/2014 02:51 PM
    Marois and Drainville are behaving as though Quebecers are too stupid to see what's really going on and that they are ignorant as to how demagogues operate using fear and nationalism, throughout history and around the world. They behave as though Quebecers are not smart enough to see that serious people have serious reservations about the legality and morality of their proposed restrictions on Quebecers' freedoms. I hope that Marois and Drainville are wrong about even the simple majority of Quebecers.
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