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the quebec charter of values

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.

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In an effort to gain support for the controversial, and oftentimes deemed intolerant, Charter of Values, Parti Québécois has started an online campaign in order to liken the ban of overt religious symbols to the language laws originally proposed in Bill 101 over thirty years ago. To make this unlikely connection, the PQ has created an online quiz where headlines from newspapers from both 1977 and 2013 are presented to quiz-takers, and one must choose whether the caption describes Bill 101 or the Charter of Values. The quiz isn't very easy, but its pretty much rigged to be difficult.

You can check the PQ's quiz out for yourself here, but no matter what you score the result will be the same. An in-your-face 'Not so easy, is it?' (in French, of course) pops up after 13 questions, and admittedly the quiz isn't. Incredibly vague headlines are shown, with little to no context given, so its pretty much a 50/50 shot whether you're going to choose the correct date. A clever ploy, equating the Charter of Values with language laws which have gained fervent support, only whats at stake is very different.

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Our friends over at Station 16 have gone and done something quite controversially awesome. They assigned their interns to create a t-shirt that reflected the madness that is the "Quebec Charter Of Values". As you can see the fleur de lys has printed inside of it all of the religious symbols and manors that have been "outlawed". It is not certain yet is this will be going into print for the masses but we have a feeling that demand will be very very high for these.