This is the rationale employed by the PQ to assert the need for Quebec's very own set of societal rules.
It's a slick, albeit dishonest ploy, flattering Quebecers with the nonsense that they are better, in order to win electoral favour.
It's like telling an ugly person that he or she is handsome or beautiful. Even though that deep down they know they're ugly, the compliment is deeply appreciated and welcomed. Let's be honest, who of us is not susceptible.
And so, if Quebecers accept the PQ version that they are kinder and gentler than Canadians, the Charter makes sense, an affirmation of that view.
It has become part of the great separatist narrative that Quebecers are more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and in possession of values morally superior to those in the ROC, when in fact nothing could be farther from the truth.
We'll get back to that superiority complex, later in the post.
Have you noticed that every PQ defender of the proposed Charter of Quebec Values, (or changes to the present Quebec Charter of human rights and freedoms,) starts off the discussion with the same refrain, the principle of equality between men and woman?
Every time I hear the assertion, I ask myself in which Canadian province or American state is there a codified regulation or rule that stipulates that men have entrenched rights superior to women.
The truth of course is that we already have a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that guarantees gender equality, this since 1982.
In the comments section of the Journal de Montreal, I found this humorous exchange, one that actually sums up the reality surrounding the question of Quebec Values.15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Christian LangloisSo why start off the 'values' debate claiming ownership of a right that is already fully entrenched in law and which ALL Canadians, including Quebecers are already subject to?
Can somebody name one great Quebec value that isn't already included in the Charter of Rights and Liberties?
Shepard's pie and baked beans!
and poutine! poutine???
Because playing the gender equality card is actually a clever sales ploy, the famous 'bait and switch' tactic that dishonest sellers employ to fool customers.
"Bait-and-switch is a form of fraud used in retail sales but also employed in other contexts. First, customers are "baited" by merchants' advertising products or services at a low price, but when customers visit the store, they discover that the advertised goods are not available, or the customers are pressured by sales people to consider similar, but higher priced items ("switching"). WikipediaIncluding rights that we already own and cherish within the proposed Quebec Charter of Values makes the nasty bits that follow easier to accept.
Or as Mary Poppins told us, "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down!"
Bernard Drainville, as slimy a politician as I have ever seen, deposited his draft law yesterday, prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in public schools, the government, and just about everywhere the government has influence.
I know that I predicted that the interdiction wouldn't apply to doctors and nurses and even though he announced that it would, I remain convinced that in the end, the medical profession will be left alone.
As for Drainville, I cannot stomach this loathsome excuse for a politician who oozes disdain for minorities while feigning concern. When asked by a reporter if he found it normal that under the law, the Premier of the province could wear a hijab or kippah, but not a public servant, Drainville retorted sarcastically, that it remains to be seen if Quebecers would vote for a Hijab clad candidate for Premier.
What a charmer!
Drainville justified his proposed law based on the popular support of the people. If the people want it, it must be right!
Now leaders must listen to the people, but in the end they must do what is right, not what is necessarily popular.
I am reminded of President John F. Kennedy, who imposed desegregation across the United States against the popular will of the people.
In 1963, when faced with resistance in the South, he held firm, to the point where he sent in the National Guard to enforce desegregation at the University of Alabama.
It was a gripping confrontation between popular sentiment and the emerging political principle of equality. There was violent opposition, rioting, injuries and even deaths. But Kennedy remained resolute.
Had you asked Americans back then if they agreed with the principal of equal opportunity for Blacks, you'd have found that the majority were against the idea.
Kennedy delivered the country a stunning lesson in leadership, doing what was right, not what was popular.
The rest is history!.... Read a gripping account
Here in Quebec, leadership means doing the bidding of the mob, if it will help with reelection. And so Mr. Drainville, all I can say, (with apologies to Lloyd Bentsen) is that "You're no Jack Kennedy"
In a hysterical reaction on the French news station LCN, the text crawl under the commentators read:
"Crisis" What crisis?
I'll tell you what a real crisis is.... losing forty-thousand jobs under the year-old PQ regime!
Now back to those wonderfully superior Quebec values that the PQ is so very proud of.
Just a few days ago, we were treated to another raid on another Quebec puppy mill, as sickening a story as you can imagine, emaciated and sick dogs, raised in filthy conditions. It happens all too often in Quebec. Read: Montreal SPCA seizes 90 dogs from South Shore puppy mill
Unfortunately, cruelty to animals is a value that separates Quebec from Canada.
|Quebec ranks at the bottom of the list of provinces. Link|
I wonder if these Quebec values will be enshrined in the legislation, to go along with that other great Quebec value..intolerance.