Monday, September 16, 2013

Time to shame the PQ and its leaders

My biggest worry about the Parti Québécois’ Charter of Bigotry--or whatever they euphemistically call it--is anecdotal evidence that liberal-minded Quebecers are now thinking about leaving Quebec.

The PQ hasn’t banned emigration yet, so it is your choice to stay or leave. But before you get too far in your exit strategy, please consider an alternative.

Shame the PQ.

Shame its ministers, and its leaders. Every one of them. Refuse to shake any of their hands. Walk out of restaurants when you see one of them. Don’t participate in events if PQ leaders are present. Cancel your meetings with them. 

Ostracize them in exactly the same way they seek to ostracize so many Quebecers.

Take the lead of Radio-Canada television host Marie-Josée Taillefer, who while at the Gala des Gémeaux on Sunday, September 16, 2013 spoke out against the Charter of Bigotry, with Premier Marois in the audience. Must-see-TV at its finest.

If you must interact with the PQ at all, ask one question over and over: Have you no sense of decency?

As long as the PQ believes it can--without consequence--lob irresponsible and divisive legislative bills into the public sphere, they won’t stop. Only when their leaders feel the red-hot shame, embarrassment and ostracization directed at them by Quebecers will they begin acting like responsible stewards of government.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A new dream for a new Quebec

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the fabric over their head but by the content of their character.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The PQ's newest de-normalization campaign

The goal of anti-smoking laws was to de-normalize cigarette smoking. It worked. Smokers are now frowned upon and non-smokers think it's okay to give them dirty looks, even when they smoke outside on a terrace, near and entrance to a building, or in a park. Why? Because everyone knows that smoking isn't normal and smokers are weirdos the rest of us can bully.

Same deal with Bill 101 and all subsequent updates, like Bill 14. The goal was to de-normalize the use of English and it has mostly worked. Think of the IGA manager who told the employee he couldn't speak English in the lunch room. Or the allergic man assaulted at a hospital cafeteria by a fellow patron for speaking English. Why did average citizens act this way? Because the government sent the message loud and clear that speaking English isn't normal and English speakers are weirdos the rest of us can bully.

The Charter of Quebec Values is more of the same. The goal is to de-normalize people who practice religion. The act of drawing attention to kippahs, hijabs, or turbans has the effect of making wearers self-conscious -- just like smokers and English-speakers. It doesn't matter if the rules don't apply to private companies. The government sent the message loud and clear that religious symbols and those who wear them are weirdos we can bully. I heard a clip on CBC radio today from a doctor who wears a hijab who has received more questions and some negative comments about it in the last few weeks than in the past decade.

The PQ's de-normalization campaign has started. Even if the bill doesn't become law, the PQ has successfully made religious people self-conscious -- just like English-speakers and just like smokers. The doctor said she was thinking of leaving Quebec, by the way.

Quebec has no state religion, except for...

Yes, Mr. Drainville, the Quebec state is secular, unless you count the PQ's cult-like devotion to the holy trinity of sovereignty, language, and "values."

PQ playbook revealed

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