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.