Canadian Rights Changed for Quebecers
by Matthew Pellicer on September 11, 2013 - 11:08am
As most Quebecers know, the PQ government is currently trying to implement a charter of values. This charter’s goal is to create a neutral Quebec but in fact just removes some of its citizens’ freedom.
Let’s say every morning you woke up got ready and would either wear a cross, a hijab or any other form of religious symbol. In Canada, it’s part of our Canadian Charter of Freedoms and Rights to be able to practice any religion you wish. One of our fundamental freedoms is the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication. This means we should be able to express our association with a religion. Even though most of our government has been separated from religion, I don’t think that asking public sector employees to not have these religious symbols is going to change how the government is seen. It’s as if they are just trying to get rid of the minorities in Quebec because they are keeping crosses around Quebec based on religious heritage.
I think that already the PQ didn’t have the most popular beliefs that by trying to assimilate Quebec’s minorities, instead of increasing their chances to be re-elected they are choosing a path that will have the general population hate them.