There's a movement on to entice the Quebec government to honour the late South African president Nelson Mandela.
It's being spearheaded by the anti-racism group the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, and by Jean Doré, who was Montreal's mayor during Mandela's visit to the city in 1990.
CRARR's Fo Niemi says, they want the province to do two things — to create a bust for Nelson Mandela, either in or just outside the National Assembly, and to declare Feb. 11 Nelson Mandela Day in Quebec.
That date would be to mark Mandela's release from prison, on Feb. 11, 1990.
"We chose that date because the day of his release...is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of South Africa, [and for] black people throughout the world," Niemi says.
Niemi says honouring Mandela would be a way for Quebec to recognize and to institutionalize the values that Mandela held dear, such as freedom, forgiving enemies, and embracing diversity — important values, particularly as Quebecers continue to debate the merits of the PQ's secularism charter.
"We want to institutionalize many of the values and proinciples and vision that the late president had...in the way he lived his life and preached it to others."