When we were children, we were told that if we played with matches, we risked being burned. Playing with the fire of Islamophobia, Stephen Harper would do well to heed that warning.
Charter of Values
Pauline Marois's strategists thought that by raising the spectre of a "Muslim invasion" they would succeed as the Front National in France did. But Quebec isn't France and North America isn't Europe.
It suits the Harper-ites to have so many Canadians clucking their disapproval of Québec rather than pay too close heed to what they are doing.
While the wearing of religious symbols is defended, poor and working-class immigrants themselves are being excluded from the entire country.
Last week President of Quebec civil servants union Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique (SFPQ) Lucie Martineau announced that her union supports the Quebec Charter of Values.
The proposed Charter of Values released by the Parti Québécois government was an instant subject of controversy within Quebec and across Canada, but for widely different reasons.
It seems almost tragic that the long struggle in Quebec for equal rights for all should degenerate into an attack on the basic right of people to dress, within reasonable limits, how they choose.
First Nations and Inuit community members were among the thousands that demonstrated against the Parti Quebecois' (PQ) charter of values over the weekend.