Maybe Canada Isn't So Multicultural Afterall?
by chelsea-martin on October 15, 2013 - 1:15pm
In an article written by the Canadian Press on October 6th 2013, in the Globe and Mail, it has been stated that numerous past Parti Québécois leaders are against the charter that would ban religious symbols to the public, making protestors feel a little more at ease. Another demonstration against Quebec’s charter of values was held on Sunday in Quebec City and Montreal. One of the organizers of the demonstration taking place in Montreal, C.B. Singh, was pleased to see that many people aren’t in agreement with the plan. He stated that the idea of the premier getting rid of the proposal sooner than later is highly unlikely, but hopefully these demonstrations will make it more difficult to receive support. Jacques Parizeau, Bernard Landry and Lucien Bouchard, former PQ premiers, have stated that the plan needs to be less discriminatory. The proposal is calling to ban the hijab, kippa, turban or prominent crosses to be worn in the public workplace. However, the PQ government is currently a minority and would require the opposing parties to agree in order for the law to pass. Singh has said that he will continue to protest until the plan is abandoned and that as human beings, they are going to fight for their human rights. The purpose of this article was to demonstrate the discrimination being held towards certain cultures in Quebec, as well as the diminishing human rights that the population of Quebec are facing. This is a social issue because people in society should be able to wear what they want and be able to express their individual culture, however in Quebec; people are close to not being allowed to do this, which is not how society should be.
I feel that this is a growing problem in Quebec. Canada is supposed to be a multicultural country, where people are accepted and are not required to assimilate to the main culture this country holds. However if this law is passed that will not be the case, people will be forced to assimilate which is not what Canada stands for. I feel that the premier is only thinking about her own views in this situation and not looking out for the intentions of society. By making this law, many people will feel discriminated on and will not want to live in a society where they cannot be themselves. Many religions and cultures require public demonstration, and by getting rid of that, the premier is not allowing religions to be expressed and it will cause many people to wish to leave the province. I feel that the protests will indeed diminish the public support for this proposal and will hopefully allow the opposing parties to realize that it is not a good idea for the society of Quebec. However, I feel that sometimes protests are not enough and in the end the laws are passed just the same. Yet, would it be possible for officials of other provinces in Canada to state their beliefs and try to help abandon this law? Perhaps with the help of the rest of the country, the problem this law is creating will become clearer in the eyes of the PQ government.