Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Charter Of Values Embarrasses Canadian Ambassador On An International Level

Turkey pulls out the Bill 60 defense.
Charter Of Values Embarrasses Canadian Ambassador On An International Level

Andrew Bennett, Canada's ambassador for religious freedoms, got the PQ's Charter of Values thrown in his face while trying to discuss human rights policies in Turkey, a country where the persecution of religious minorities is a serious issue.

When Bennet tried to facilitate a conversation regarding bettering the treatment of Christian, Jewish, and Alevi groups in Turkey, Turkish officials promptly pointed out the Charter of Values, which (if put in place) explicitly infringes on Quebec citizens' freedom of religious expression.

Bennett didn't have a comeback.

Basically the thing boils down to "Why can you guys do this and we can't," even though the political and cultural setting are extremely different. Even if the CoV is enforced, no one in Canada will be imprisoned or tortured for their beliefs. The same can't be said overseas.

Bennett did also point out that this is the first time another nation has ever used the CoV as a defense. Still, the CoV is obviously changing the perception of Canada on an international level, and not for the better.

For more on all things news-worthy, follow Michael on Twitter @MDAlimonte


More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.