Translation: (Headline) A neutral state in service to all: Examples of non-ostentatious that will be
permitted for public sector workers. Link: Quebec Govt Proposal (French)
Is the Quebec Charter of Values just about secularism?
If the few leaks involving Quebec's proposed Charter of Values were intended to be trial balloons, they were almost as volatile as the Hindenberg. The idea of restricting people from wearing religious clothing and symbols set off heated debate throughout Canada.
"It's important to make precise the rules for living together in Quebec. And I think we will not divide the population".Quebec Premier Pauline Marois
Translation: Examples of ostentatious symbols that will not be permitted to be worn by public sector.
Today, the provincial government has released, in broad strokes, what it intends... a ban on public sector employees from wearing overt religious symbols. That would include the hijab, the kippah, the turban...in some cases, the crucifix as well.
"Quebec is a nation, a multi-ethnic but not multicultural nation".Former PQ Premier Bernard Landry
One of the big supporters of a more secular civil service is former Parti Parti Québécois Premier Bernard Landry. Our Montreal producer Susan McKenzie met him at the University of Quebec at Montreal, where he teaches. He says that while he doesn't support the idea of a police officer or person in authority wearing a turban, for example, he has no problem with a woman wearing a hijab at the Automobile Insurance Offices.
Listen to the full interview with former Parti Québécois Premier Bernard Landry
To discuss the politics of Quebec's Charter of Values, we were joined by three guests:
Have your say. What are your thought on the Quebec Charter of Values?
This segment was produced by Montreal Network Producer Susan McKenzie.