Turkey blasts Canada over values charter

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Andrew Bennett, Canada's ambassador for religious freedom faced some unexpected criticism from Turkey concerning Quebec's values charter.

A representitive of the Turkish government brought the charter up while Bennett was in the country to discuss minority rights.

Bennett wouldn't offer his personal opinion on the proposed charter, indicating that domestic issues fall outside of his mandate. 

He did launch a critique of his own however, stating that the persecution of minorities abroad cannot be compared with what's happening in Quebec.

According to Bennett this is the only time the charter has been mentioned by a foreign diplomat during his first year in the position.

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  1. Kari posted on 02/25/2014 03:56 PM
    The persecution of minorities abroad cannot be compared with whats happening in Quebec????
    Persecution, racism, bigotry and hatred are what they are, no matter WHERE they happen.
    This is our ambassador for religious freedom?
    Another person that scares me in yet another part of our wonderful government. Add him to the list.
  2. clint posted on 02/25/2014 04:05 PM
    "According to Bennett this is the only time the charter has been mentioned by a foreign diplomat during his first year in the position."
    So far.
  3. Dave posted on 02/25/2014 04:12 PM
    Persecution is persecution is persecution, period. Canada always makes excuses for Quebec, pretending it's not the same here.
    So just ignore us, Turkey -- Canada only talks the talk!
  4. Kelley posted on 02/25/2014 05:42 PM
    Rest of Canada considers Quebec as a Third World Province with their heathen politics so we don't take offense to other countries stating obvious facts.
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