Taking away Freedom to affirm Equality
by PedgeRuest on September 11, 2013 - 11:45am
Prime minister of Quebec, Pauline Marois not only is ignorant of the meaning of people’s freedom, but she now wants to decide the dress code.
The new “Charter of Quebec Values” would like to ban any religious headwear on public employees. Which is aiming to get “a stronger and united province” as she compares to Bill 101, which protects the French language. However, some claim that this is just to move the population’s attention away from the economy and jobs.
The Parti Quebecois say that by banning religious headwear from public work areas will affirm the equality of all men and women, and reflect Quebec and universal values. As quoted by Pauline Marois herself, “We’re moving forward in the name of all the women, all the men, who chose Quebec for our culture, for our freedom, and for our diversity.” However, I strongly disagree. This may affirm the equality of both men and women, but what ever happened to freedom? The freedom that everyone in Canada is allowed to display by wearing religious headwear or even just the practice of their religion at any time or place. In addition, if this is to move forward for the “diversity” of Quebec, then why take away rights of the people who make this province diversified? Just because a citizen lives in Quebec, does not mean that they chose to live and follow the culture and reflect the same values.