Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Calls on Na­tional Assem­bly to With­draw Bill 60

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

Since Bill 60 has al­ready pro­vided a plat­form and le­git­i­macy for at­tack­ing mi­nori­ties, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion be­lieve that the real is­sue is what mea­sures the Que­bec govern­ment will in­tro­duce to pro­tect those at risk.

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has filed a brief strongly urg­ing the Que­bec Na­tional Assem­bly to with­draw Bill 60 from con­sid­er­a­tion calling the doc­u­ment an as­sault on ev­ery value that af­firms in­di­vid­ual rights and free­doms.

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Cut­ting ex­pressed op­po­si­tion to any pol­icy that aims to di­vide com­mu­ni­ties and un­der­mine civil lib­er­ties, “for any­one who re­ally be­lieves in the def­i­ni­tion of free­dom, the only re­sponse to this bill can be a re­sound­ing no.”

In the six page brief, Town­ship­pers’ ques­tions the sin­is­ter pur­pose and ra­tio­nale be­hind the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion not­ing that the mea­sures out­lined in bill 60 vir­tu­ally guar­an­tee a gi­ant step back­wards for mi­nori­ties in gen­eral, and women of the Mus­lim faith in par­tic­u­lar.

The As­so­ci­a­tion feels that bill 60 is not a mea­sure that will en­hance the val­ues and per­sonal free­doms al­ready en­sured by both the Cana­dian and Que­bec Char­ters of Rights and Free­doms, two fun­da­men­tal doc­u­ments of a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety. If adopted “as is”, it will only serve to deepen di­vi­sions among Que­bec res­i­dents, and in­crease the iso­la­tion of mi­nori­ties.

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