The PQ wants to debate face covered

News 25 August, 2017
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    The leader of the Parti québécois, Jean-François Lisée

    Kathryne Lamontagne

    Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:43

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    Saying share the opinion of the mayor of Quebec city, the Parti québécois wants to discuss the issue of the covered face in the public space and events.

    • ON THE SAME TOPIC: religious Neutrality: the opposition is concerned about
    • ON THE SAME SUBJECT: Labeaume doesn’t want his face hidden in the public space

    “The mayor Labeaume, this week, has had the guts to lift the taboo on a discussion that Quebec should have” said in a press briefing Jean-François Lisée, before proposing a pause in the detailed study of the draft law on religious neutrality, the time to discuss the full-face veil in the company.

    The leader of the PQ wants of local and international experts weigh in on the issue. The discussion becomes all the more necessary because of the amendments to the minister of Justice are now proposing to extend the concept of religious neutrality of the municipalities, and transportation companies, he argues.

    “Obviously, the way the bill is written is unenforceable. We saw the mayor of Montreal, right to say : well, that is what will happen if a person in a burqa comes in the bus ? Are we going to ask him to show his face or not ? “shows Mr. Lisée.

    If the CAQ has shown itself in favour of a suspension, Québec solidaire, has refused for his part to perpetuate the debate. “There has been discussions, there have been consultations. People in Quebec are tanned we are talking about it, they want people to act “, said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

    The will of Régis Labeaume to ban masks and balaclavas at protests, moreover, has not found resonance in the ex-student leader. “Mr. Labeaume has a right to his opinion, but the courts have ruled, what kind of regulations there are not acceptable “, he summarized.

    Motion defeated

    Qualified of “ridiculous” by the minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, the adjournment motion was rejected.

    “If our political opponents want to go further in the prohibitions, they will campaign on it,” commented Seven-Islands, the prime minister Philippe Couillard.

    The words of the mayor Labeaume continue to react

    “It’s not that crazy at all what was said by the mayor of Québec, Régis Labeaume. Especially when he says that there are politicians who are looking at the population of the top. “

    — Nathalie Roy of the CAQ

    “The real secularism, it is this one : the secularism of the institutions. This is not to run after the individuals who wear religious signs by personal conviction. “

    — Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Quebec solidaire, which wants to remove the crucifix in the national Assembly and to prohibit prayers at meetings of municipal councils.

    “If people want to do more, more, ban, take more chance with the rights of the people, that they do so. But it won’t be us. They will say to the population during election campaigns, for example. “

    — The prime minister Philippe Couillard, who was reacting to declarations by the mayor Labeaume.