I was both saddened and sickened when Legault’s CAQ government in Quebec tabled Bill 21 yesterday. This move is completely antithetical to what a modern, progressive Canada is today.
Although Quebecers have been debating a move in this direction for years, Bill 21, and its use of the Notwithstanding Clause is not consistent with a free and just society. I heard the Quebec justice minister interviewed where he indicated that he’s concerned about civil servants wearing religious symbols indoctrinating other citizens while carrying out the duties of the state. This kind of insidious racism and xenophobia cannot be unmet by other views from across Canada.
For the CAQ government to limit the opportunities of, and oppress, only some of their residents, simply because they practice a religion, is unconscionable. Using the Notwithstanding Clause is a recognition that they are trampling on the fundamental rights of Canadians.
I was looking forward to attending the 2019 conference of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities with municipal representatives from across our country. In light of the CAQ government’s move, I cannot contribute the economy of Quebec and tacitly support Bill 21.
I am requesting that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities postpone the 2019 Conference until it can be moved outside of the province of Quebec, or possibly to Montreal, where Mayor Valerie Plante, who announced her opposition to Bill 21, has provided a counterweight and a bright light in such a dark time. If moved to Montreal, perhaps, demonstrations by municipal delegates would be appropriate.
If the conference is not moved, I am asking that municipal delegates boycott the conference in solidarity with those whose rights are being trampled by the CAQ government.
District 9 – Halifax West Armdale