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We got a small break in Bill 60 news over the holidays, but the Parti Québécois proposed Charter of Values is back in our newsfeed in a big way. Not surprising, given that hearings on the bill will begin Tuesday, January 14th at the National Assembly. To keep you up to date on all things Bill 60, here is a roundup of news stories concerning the Charter of Values.
- Prominent public figure and political activist Yves Michaud made a very scandalous statement in favour of Bill 60, going as far as saying how any workers against the Charter should just get out of the province.
- Quebec Inclusif, a group of academics and professionals, responded to Michaud's remarks by denouncing his entire statement, and the entire bill itself.
- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) linked Bill 60 to the schoolyard, claiming the charter is "is a government endorsement to bullying,"
- Jean-François Lisée, a Quebec minister for Montreal, in an op-ed for the New York Times, supports Bill 60, citing it as "rigorous, progressive and modern."
- Montrealer Raymond Beauchemin likens the Bill 60 debate to the integration of ethnic foods in the Gazette. An interesting read for food lovers of food and politics
- 250 groups and individuals have already been confirmed to speak on Bill 60 when hearings start Tuesday, as confirmed by the National Assembly.
- One such group is Stop Circoncision Québec, who believe Bill 60 must also put a stop to the practice of circumcision in Quebec, a religious ritual seen as promoting the mutilation of children.
More news is definitely as hearings begin, check back here for all the best news bits on Bill 60.For the latest news in Montreal, follow Michael on Twitter @MDAlimonte