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Saying it goes too far, a group of sovereignists who support inclusive secularism spoke out Sunday against the proposed Charter of Quebec Values.
Calling itself Sovereignists for Inclusive Secularism, the group said the proposed Charter takes banning wearing “conspicuous” religious wear to an extreme, adding Bill 60 would create a climate of intolerance in the province.
The groups said rather than promoting equality between the sexes, the bill would penalize Muslim women especially. (…)
Bill 60 is long overdue, says former Herouxville councillor
Hearings on the proposed Charter of Values continued Wednesday at the National Assembly with the man behind the 2007 Herouxville saga.
Among those testifying, was former Herouxville town councillor Andre Drouin, who helped ban religious face coverings and stonings in his Mauricie town.
Drouin said the past seven years have been quite an education, for him, and that Bill 60 is long overdue.
“I believe it’s probably the first, well the best, thing that can happen to the province of Quebec now and I will dare at this – Canada will probably imitate us,” he said.
In 2007, the town of Herouxville famously passed a lifestyle code that including such points as banning religious face coverings and death by stoning.
Drouin said the Charter of Values will be very useful.read more
Experts and GTA residents say it’s time for a national discussion on religious freedom as Quebec prepares to consider its “charter of values.”
Dr. Gurjit Bajwa, an emergency room physician at Etobicoke General Hospital, wishes everyone could see past his turban to who he truly is: a Canadian, born and raised, who happens to be Sikh.
Sitting in the quiet cafeteria at Etobicoke General Hospital, Dr. Gurjit Bajwa doesn’t give off the impression of a man who just pulled a near 10-hour shift the previous day in the ER, where he was so busy he barely had time to go to the bathroom.
He’s animated, articulate and mostly in a good mood. But he’s frustrated.
His arms crossed, Bajwa, born and raised in Etobicoke, says he wants everyone to see past a part of his attire as crucial as his stethoscope: his turban. He wants them to see him for who he is: a human being, a Canadian who is also a Sikh.
Part of his frustration stems from the proposed Charter of Quebec Values, set to be presented on Monday. If passed, it would prohibit public-sector workers in that province from wearing what Bajwa has on his head every day, along with other religious symbols such as hijabs, yarmulkes and visible crucifixes.
The proposal highlights the need for a wider national discussion on religious accommodation and multiculturalism, Bajwa says.
“The issue has definitely not been settled in Canada. It keeps coming up again and again,” said the 42-year-old father of three, who, during his decade at the hospital, has been asked almost weekly by a patient where he’s from and how he’s enjoying Canada. (…)
Marois blames multiculturalism for ‘bomb throwing’ in England, claims hijab is ‘form of submission’
The Quebec premier, who says she is proud of her first year in power even though she admits it’s been difficult, told Montreal’s Le Devoir that secularism measures will be phased in over a few years.
She conceded that the French model of secularism “isn’t perfect,” Le Devoir reported, but Marois said that “in England, they’re knocking each other over the head and throwing bombs because of multiculturalism and nobody knowing any more who they are in that society.”
Marois also said that wearing a hijab can be seen as a “form of submission,” and said she feared daycare workers in positions of authority could incite kids to practice religion.