Values Charter Opponents Wear Religious Symbols Ahead of Public Hearings

Steve Mertl, Daily Brew, January 13, 2014

The ferment over the Parti Quebecois’ proposed secular values charter will only deepen as the minority PQ government launches hearings into the legislation this week.

National Assembly MNAs are expected to get about 250 submissions when they begin hearings Tuesday on Bill 60, CTV News reports.

The legislation, whose most contentious element would bar public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols such as head coverings, crosses and stars of David, has driven a deep wedge into Quebec society.

The proposed charter has support in predominantly francophone regions of the province, especially in rural areas, but is encountering widespread opposition in multicultural Montreal and among affected institutions, including schools, daycares and hospitals.

A Muslim woman in Montreal organized a protest Monday calling on Quebecers to to wear overt religious symbols to register their opposition to the proposed charter.

“Today basically is just to show up to work, to their everyday life and adopt one of the four symbols the [Parti Québécois] is planning to ban, so either the hijab, the turban, the kippah or a large cross,” Sama Al-Obaidy told CBC News.

Al-Obaid, who wears a hijab, set up a Facebook page after a confrontation on Montreal’s Metro a few weeks ago.

“A lady came up and tried to remove my hijab forcefully,” Al-Obaidy told CBC News.

“She told me my hijab and myself don’t belong in Quebec and after a few exchanges of words she decided to start pulling on my veil. As it started getting loose I had to eventually stop her.”

Quebec has struggled for years with the idea of reasonable accommodation of religious and cultural values in an increasingly diversified society.

It’s not exclusively a Quebec problem–witness the controversy in Ontario over accommodating a York University student who would not participate in a group project with women. But tension has increased in Quebec since elements of the proposed charter were leaked last summer.

A Quebec Muslim group claimed in November it had registered a 300 per cent increase in complaints of anti-Muslim attacks.

“We shouldn’t care what is on a person’s head, but what is in it,” Norma O’Donnell of Canadians for Coexistence told the Montreal Gazette on Sunday as she joined Al-Obaidy in handing out Jewish kippas, Muslim hijabs, Sikh turbans and oversized crosses.

“It shouldn’t matter if someone has arrived recently or has ancestors who came in the 16th century: We are all equal.”

The PQ has defended the secular charter as a bulwark of gender equality and a necessary protective measure against the corrosive effects of multiculturalism, which PQ International Affairs Minister Jean-François Lisée said has failed in Europe.

“The Charter of Values is the latest expression of Quebec’s dim view of multiculturalism,” Lisée, who represents the Montreal area in cabinet, wrote in a New York Times op-ed piece on Friday.

“In a very real sense, the debate over Quebec’s charter may be the last stand of Canada’s multiculturalist experiment. Whatever the immediate outcome, it may be only a matter of time until Canadian multiculturalism finds itself buried alongside its European siblings.”

So expect a long and heated debate as the hearings unfold and opposition parties weigh the political odds of supporting the legislation as they look at a possible spring election.

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  • Pro_Whitey

    OK, first thing, somebody witch slap the one who said “We are all equal.” Slap her hard. Experience has beaten into my head that (1) no, we are not equal, and (2) one group will attempt to dominate. I’ll take either the seculars or Christians dominating. I don’t want Jews or Muslims to dominate, but I fear one group will, while all the time preaching “equality”.

    • DonReynolds

      I agree totally, Pro. That was the phrase that made my hinnie pucker. There is no equality and there never has been and there never will be. If everyone were equal, why would they move to Quebec…….since people are equal, what is the advantage?

    • LACounty

      Yeah. Non-whites go to White countries for the money and they bring their culture with them forcing it on us and our spineless politicians. “It shouldn’t matter if someone has arrived recently or has ancestors who came in the 16th century: We are all equal.”

      It does matter who arrives and we are NOT all equal. Politicians are completely responsible. They need a boot to their ass.

    • Lagerstrom

      Just another dummy trying to be popular. She’ll realise one day when there are more and more cultural and religious aliens in her midst, that they ain’t that cute after all.

  • Spartacus

    They should only allow Christian symbols, as Quebec was founded by Christians, and the raghead parasites coming there are sucking on the wealth created by Christians. That thing with the black sheat on it has no place in White lands anyway…

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Or they should deport the Muslims.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Or they should deport all third world immigrants. They contribute nothing to Canadian society.

  • Values?

    Is Quebec becoming just another abstraction?

  • bigone4u

    The sight of a muzzie female wearing a head scarf or a full blown tent is offensive to me. The idea that a Christian in a country founded by Christians will not be allowed to wear a cross at all times is even more offensive. So, how am I supposed to react to the proposal?
    Multiculturalism is designed to destroy what were once smoothly functioning Western countries. Think of all the confusion, resentments, hatreds, and other dysfunctions it creates. Multiculturalism can be undone through forced assimilation, but the effect on the DNA of formerly white countries will not be so easily undone. We know who’s to blame for this disaster and they are going to be held accountable.

  • TXCriollo

    Im sick of this love everyone, you move to a new country you assimilate. Progressives keep pushing there views people will push back

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      We don’t want third world parasites integrating into our societies, we want them to go back to wherever they came from.

      • TXCriollo



    ““A lady came up and tried to remove my hijab forcefully,”” < Yeah sure she did? These people always have a supposed story about how evil and racist western society is every time there's a TV camera around. You know damn well this idiot is just making this [email protected] up but the media people ain't gonna call them on it cause that is the exact garbage they want to hear.

  • MBlanc46

    I’m so proud of my Quebecois cousins.

    • wildfirexx

      I’m afraid they don’t like the Anglo’s in Quebec any better!
      This is already having an effect on Quebec’s population…All the immigrants are either moving to Ontario or Western Canada. JOY!

      • MBlanc46

        If I just used my last name, I might be looked askance at, but if I gave them my paternal grandmother’s maiden name, they’d treat me like a cousin (because we probably are).

      • wildfirexx

        I’ve lived in Canada all my life, my wife is from the heart of Quebec, my children are both bilingual, and my daughter teaches French immersion.
        I am fully aware of Quebec’s anti-English government polices and laws.
        However, that doesn’t mean I don’t agree, or don’t support their cause and their proposed bill.

  • Truth Teller

    I think people should be allowed to wear what they want when they want. I don’t care if they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim. “Society” does not get to decide who wears what. I do not live for the abstract concept known as “society”; I live for myself. I also think the majority immigrants should not get welfare or financial help. It should be sink or swim. If they sink, too bad.

    • Winston_Jack

      Unfortunately the Muslim invaders will NEVER agree with your
      point of view, especially as their numbers increase. That’s why things like ‘libertarianism’ and ‘civil liberties’ are utterly incompatible with multiculturalism.

      • Truth Teller

        Libertarianism would not function under a democracy. The rules for freedom would be set in stone. I don’t think there should be mass immigration in the first place but if Muslims don’t like it under my system, they have to live with it.

    • Brian

      When Saudi Arabia drops its mandated Islam and starts being ‘tolerant of all views’, then I’ll consider giving a s*** about the ‘plight’ of muzzies in the West.

      • Truth Teller

        I think if a country doesn’t have freedom of religion, movements should be supported to stop the country’s policies.

        • Brian

          If Muslims don’t feel comfortable in the West, there are plenty of Islamic countries that might suit them better. Yes, I like freedom of religion. But what comes with the package in this case? A bunch of Diversified immigrants who don’t want to be Western, just to leech off the first-world bennies they can get here. It’s not in my interest to cater to their demands. Whatever you reward, you get more of.

          • Truth Teller

            Then don’t give them money. Then they will leave because there will be no more welfare so they will go to a more generous welfare state and flock to it instead. Giving the immigrants money/welfare is catering to their demands, letting someone wear what they want isn’t. I believe in freedom.

          • Brian

            Don’t give them money? Last time I checked, the IRS didn’t consider that optional. I don’t set US tax/spending policy. But I can make life a little more unpleasant for the ones I run across. They can have all the freedom to practice Islam back in wherever they came from. I’m fresh out of charity, understanding and tolerance.

          • Truth Teller

            You can also say what you want to them as well. I believe in unlimited freedom of speech.

  • MBlanc46

    I have Gagnon and Proulx ancestors from Montreal.

  • wildfirexx

    Absolutely, I would agree Francois! (and your English is very good by the way)
    I’m no longer a practicing Christian, but had our European culture in Canada, especially from French Quebec’s catholic faith…maintained their high birthrate from the past, we would not have supposedly needed any immigrants pouring in from the third world.
    Trudeau was a great statesman, but a lousy leader, and I think unknowingly didn’t understand the serious consequences of his infamous charter of rights, and how the minorities and the neo/con lobbyists would abuse it. I still remember a photo of him riding his motorbike wearing a Nazi helmet in his earlier years. (It would be interesting to see what sort of response it would get if it was posted on the internet today.) lol
    I have to say I respected the chain smoking Rene Leveque,
    and had I’d been a French Quebecker at the time I would had probably sided with him.
    Having said that, I agree we should no longer be squabbling over our minor differences, much like the protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, but should be focusing on the real threat to our White European identity and culture, which is on the brink of self destruction and genocide, We should have the right… to protect and preserve our race from extinction.
    On another note,I have always been a supporter of the Reform/National Alliance/New Conservative Party, but their staunch, unyielding support for the state of ……..from the Harper government has got me baffled! Have they somehow brainwashed him ?


    Proof? If you’re attacking whites with your made up story the media requires ZERO proof! And it will never be asked of her because like I said, this is what the media wants.

  • Truth Teller

    We should stop caring what offends them and serve the pork. If they don’t like it, they should deal with it. We should literally shove our freedom in their faces.

  • wildfirexx

    My wife’s nephew tutored Harper in French before he became leader of the national alliance party, and said he was a fast learner and very smart.
    But Harper was one of Preston’s Manning’s top advisors, who’s strong support came from right wing and western separatists that were feed up with trudeau’s multiculturalism.