What values ?
The badly formulated Quebec Charter on Québécois values, read Québécois voters who would vote for the PQ if…, is one of those excellent ideas so badly presented that it makes one wonder if the PQ had not taken a page from the cough drop marketing book. It’s page one actually: It must taste bad to be effective.
Rather that talking simply about values, it had to say: Québécois, as in Québécois voters who would vote for the PQ if…
Simple facts first. The marvellous idea of forcing women to wear a veil comes to us courtesy of those human rights paradises: the Gulf States. It was almost dying before the Western World discovered that the Shah of Iran, who they had placed on an artificial throne decades before, was not a nice guy and let the Nice Ayatollah Khomeini replace him. Those who fancy history will remember that the Shah was not directly replaced by the bearded guy but by a democratic reformer: Shapour Bakhtiar. Ayatollah Khomeini replaced him and later killed him in Paris.
Then Khomeini got going. Iran, slowly becoming a Western State (most of the population is not Arabic), got a real shock by becoming a Muslim State, as in true Muslim: Ayatollah Khomeini style. Gone was the Paris of Arabia, Teheran was to be as backward as Saudi Arabia, starting with those satanic creatures: Women.
But this is not politically correct to write. Muslim women are choosing to be veiled…
Rather than inventing another way of bolstering its political fortunes, Madame Marois’ government should have chosen the simple way of an administrative directive. Doesn’t make headlines.
And then, inviting debates, they shut out their only hope with the ethnic communities: Maria Mouriani being kicked out of the Bloc Québécois. If Monsieur Parizeau tries to debate, he is called a relic. So is Lucien Bouchard and anyone else with any small deviance from the PQ view.
Yet, the idea of forbidding religious signs by civil servants at all levels is essential for a democracy. Still, this is not the real debate, it’s the sugary coating proposed by the PQ for its cough drop.
The real and only debate, as some of Quebec’s most respected women wrote yesterday, is about women’s place in society. One only has to walk in Montreal to understand what this is all about. Go to the Jean-Talon market and watch the show. NEVER will you see a veiled woman walk next to her spouse; she’s a step behind. Never will said spouse push the baby carriage. If he has a choice, he will talk with his son rather than his daughter.
And unless you want to get real sick, don’t go to the Western North End of Montreal, near L’Acadie. By the way, this may or may not explain why the Liberals are so against the Charter: their main spokeswoman on the issue, Christine Saint-Pierre, is the MNA from L’Acadie, the provincial riding with the largest concentration of Arabs in Quebec. At the federal level, they are represented by Stéphane Dion. On this issue, the Liberals are as guilty as the PQ of crass vote- getting manoeuvers and the CAQ dance leaves everyone wondering with whom François Legault truly wants to have as a partner.
As it is presented, the law should be retired. But the real debate should be engaged. Permitting a fringe of the Muslim world to impose this retrograde society on ours is not permissible. Trying to get votes on it is abject. Party time: The three major Vermont political were represented as invited guests of Professor William Doyle – also a Vermont State Senator -at Johnson State College recently. (l-r) Republican Senator Joe Benning, Doyle, Representative Cindy Weed, P/D and Democratic Party director, Ryan Emerson, talked about current issues and answered students’ questions.
“I was amazed at and impressed by the students’ political interest and knowledge,” said Weed, who was also a student of Doyle’s at JSC before graduating in 2012.