ABOVE: There was strong reaction across the country following the unveiling of the PQ’s Charter of Quebec Values
MONTREAL – Reaction to the Parti Quebecois’ proposed plans for a Quebec Charter of Values has come from all sides and all levels.
Take a look at what politicians, pundits and people are saying.
Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship, Bernard Drainville, discusses the reasons for the Charter of Values, the exemption clause, and the need for a neutral state.
Jason Kenney said if the Quebec government’s Charter of Values becomes law, the federal government will ask Department of Justice to review the law and they will seek to challenge if it is deemed unconstitutional.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said the Quebec government’s Charter of Values confimed their worst fears and says the views are intolerable.
Institutions like hospitals, universities and CEGEPs have the option to opt out of the Charter of Values, but school boards will have to find a way to manage how it is adopted in primary and secondary schools. The chairperson of Montreal’s Lester B. Pearson School Board, Suanne Stein Day talks about this issue and the Board’s stance on the Charter.
The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in Montreal, Archbishop Christian Lepine, talks about his concerns over the proposed new Charter of Values in Quebec.
Reaction to the Parti Quebecois’ proposal was swift and negative. Elysia Bryan Baynes sums up reaction from federal leaders, including the Bloc Quebecois.
“If it becomes law, we will lose one of Quebec’s most sacred values: respect.” Anne Leclair talks with Montrealers and political pundits about what they think about the proposed Charter of Values.
Quebec Liberal leader Phillippe Couillard said that his party embraces interculturalism and will do whatever it takes to protect individual rights in Quebec. Caroline Plante reports.
Stephen Harper says once they see Quebec’s proposal they will make sure that the fundamental rights of Canadians will be protected.
Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry ripped the media and one federal political leader, saying they are giving Canadians and the world the wrong impression of Canada.
During a scrum with reporters on Tuesday Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi went on record to voice his opinion on the Parti Quebecois governmentâ€™s Charter of Quebec Values.