On the afternoon of August 28th, along the route of bus 69, a very real example of support for the PQ's Charter of Values was documented. For simply entering the bus while wearing a headscarf, a Muslim woman was verbally abused by a fellow passenger, and told to remove the headscarf or return to her home country. The woman in question did not sit idly by to such remarks, and a five to ten minute argument ensued, with both persons making strong remarks. Check out the video below for documented coverage.
Most surprising, other than the man's blatant cultural intolerance and racism, is his reference to Pauline Marois and the PQ before the Charter of Values was released to the public. Marois had already made comments in the Journal de Montreal, and it seems that was enough to gain public support from certain individuals. For those wondering who would support the Charter of Values in such a liberal-minded city like Montreal, you now have a real world example.
Equally shocking and saddening is the fact that no one else on the bus intervened to calm the situation or defend the Muslim woman. Aside from a feigned 'shut up' by another passenger, and someone filming the video (who wishes to remain anonymous), no action was taken.
What do you think of the video? Would you have reacted differently and intervened? Which person was in the right? Let us know in the comments below.
A motion passed at the National Assembly Tuesday demands a formal apology from the Debate Broadcasting Group for what it calls "hostile" language targetting the Quebec nation at the English-language federal leaders' debate on September 9.
The motion, from Joël Arseneau, leader of the Parti Québécois in the National Assembly, passed with the support of the CAQ, Parti libéral du Québec (PLQ) and Québec Solidaire.
The apology demand comes after much of Quebec's political class condemned the framing of a question from debate moderator Shachi Kurl for Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet.
"You deny that Quebec has problems with racism yet you defend legislation such as Bills 96 and 21, which marginalize religious minorities, Anglophones, and Allophones," Kurl said.
"For those outside the province, please help them understand why your party [...] supports these discriminatory laws."
Blanchet later accused Kurl of calling Quebecers "racists." Quebec Premier François Legault called the question an "attack" on the Quebec nation.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added his voice to the calls for an apology, saying the "premise of the question was unacceptable."
Election season looms, meaning a new bout of promises from Quebec’s provincial parties. And is almost always the case, the Parti Québécois is using Anglophones and immigrants as a way to get support from Quebecers.
At the PQ’s yearly policy convention, a slew of new regulations were proposed, specifically targeting minorities in Quebec.
First, funding for English CEGEPS will be cut if the PQ is voted into power next year.
This is being done to deter French-speaking students from attending English CEGEPS.
Because God forbid young Francophones master a language a majority of North America speaks and reap the benefits of being bilingual.
Under the proposed new rules by the PQ, any student in an English CEGEP will need to pass a French exam before being able to graduate, reports CBC.
To make English CEGEPS less appealing to students, the PQ also wants to add more English courses to existing French curriculums.
Admittedly, that last bit is a step in the right direction. The rest, though, is just a thinly-veiled attack on Anglophones all in an effort “to protect the French language,” which is pretty much what any Quebec politician says when targeting specific groups.
Arguably more troubling is the way the PQ wants to infringe on the religious freedoms of immigrants and religious minorities in the province.
A new platform proposed by the PQ is all about secularism, focusing on religious attire…again.
Taking a slightly softer stance than the Charter of Values, the PQ’s new plan is to ban civil servants from being able to wear religious attire.
Explaining the new position, a PQ representative said the the ban on religious garbs would include police officers, judges, prison guards, teachers, and daycare employees.
It’s (somewhat understandable) that more militaristic civil servants would be banned from wearing overt religious symbols and clothes, they have a uniform.
But teachers and daycare workers?
For many students, educators are mentors. Being able to see a teacher wearing a hijab or burka proudly, without fear, is an entirely positive experience. It is also provides an opportunity for children to see a religious minority removed from negative lenses, thus dismantling harmful stereotypes.
All this move towards increasing “secularism” is infringing on the rights of immigrants and religious minorities in the civil workforce while propagating subversive racism.
Altogether, it’s pretty clear what the PQ is doing: attacking the rights and freedoms of Anglophones and immigrants to bolster more support for the party.
Because in Quebec, targeting groups who aren’t white Francophones gets you more votes.
It's almost impossible to avoid politics if you're living in Quebec. Everyone has an opinion, everyone is passionate, and most people aren't afraid to tell you what they think. Political figures in Quebec are almost as controversial as the issues they address. Since his involvement with the Parti Québécois, Pierre Karl Péladeau has inspired a lot of dialogue - coming from both ends of the spectrum. And whether you support PKP or not, you can't deny that staying informed about our politicians is pretty important. Here are some facts about PKP that you might not have known.
1. Life Before Politics
Before getting into politics, PKP was well-known in Quebec as the head of Quebecor Inc. Quebecor was founded by his father, Pierre Péladeau, and it was PKP who orchestrated some of its most famous major acquisitions - like Videotron and Sun Media.
2. PKP Isn’t Actually Head Of Videotron Anymore
His involvement with Quebecor - which also owns major media companies like Le Journal de Montreal, Videotron, and TVA - has taken a backseat to his political ambitions. He does still seem to be a part of Quebecor Inc., although to a lesser extent.
3. Separation Remains One Of His Key Mandates
This is an obvious one, but it's still important to know. PKP's support for separating Quebec from Canada is unwavering. Although he is waiting until 2018 to decide whether or not to hold a referendum, according to this article.
4. He And Brian Mulroney Have History
Brian Mulroney sits on the board of directors of Quebecor Media, and has been called PKP's 'mentor'. Despite their different political views, it seems as though they've been able to put their differences aside in the past and achieve a mutual respect for one another.
5. ...And Celine Dion, Too
Celine Dion is said to be friends with PKP's partner, Julie Snyder. She also appears to have been close enough to the family to be named Godmother of one of their children.
6. He's Getting Married Later This Year
Which might not seem like an important fact, but it's always good to remember that politicians are still people. Later this year, PKP will be marrying long-time partner Julie Snyder, a Québécoise media mogul in her own right.
7. He Doesn't Seem To Be A Union Man
In the past, PKP was behind a number of union lockouts involving companies like Videotron and Le Journal de Montreal - fourteen, to be exact. Possibly contributing to his reputation as a hard businessman, according to some.
8. But His Lifestyle Seems To Be On Point
According to this interview from VICE, PKP doesn't drink, is a vegetarian, and exercises regularly.
9. He Changed His Name, Kind Of
The 'K' in Pierre Karl used to be a 'C', but he changed it in his youth to honour Karl Marx. His opinion about Marx's ideologies might have changed in the following years, but the 'K' remains. Somehow PCP doesn't have the same ring to it.
10. Hockey? Hockey.
PKP seems to be an avid hockey fan - or at least, he really seems to want a Quebec City hockey team. The Videotron Centre was built in QC with the ultimate goal of hosting a local team; although that didn't quite pan out, PKP has recently hinted at his optimism for a Quebec City team.
Once Marois left the provincial office, we thought talks of implementing the Charter of Values, the controversial (to say the least) bill that would prohibit public sector employees from wearing any religious garments, were long dead. But, like a zombie outta the grave, the CoV is back with a brain-eating vengeance, and it still isn't okay.
Bernard Drainville, potential new leader for the Parti québécois, announced yesterday he will be presenting an updated Charter of Values on Thursday, reports La Presse, and is using the Charlie Hebdo tragedy and the emotion from the "Je Suis Charlie" movement as a means to rejuvenate the bill.
Drainville explicitly linked the CoV to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in his speech on Monday, stating Quebec must move forward with the CoV after the recent terrorist attacks performed by religious extremists. If the province doesn't, then "they win."
Rumour has it the new CoV will be changed so that current government employees will still be able to wear religious apparel, while employees hired after the CoV comes into effect (if it does) will not.
Piggybacking on the Charlie Hebdo attack to reinvigorate the Charter of Values is essentially using a tragedy as a political tool by using the strong emotions left by the former to fuel the latter.
It's also incredibly ironic how the Je Suis Charlie movement, all about freedom of speech and expression, is being implicitly tied to the CoV, a bill that restricts the right to freedom of religious expression for Quebec citizens. Ironic, but very much not okay.
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