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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
@liberal_party Great photo of former CSL Mayor Moskovitch and Pierre Trudeau @mtlgazette Feb. 9, 1970. pic.twitter.com/vHoooroUVD
— Anthony Housefather (@AHousefather) January 21, 2014
Anthony Housefather (@AHousefather), the mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, has tweeted a front page story in The Gazette from February 8, 1970, that reports on Prime Minister Trudeau's speech at a B'Nai Brith Canada event. Trudeau told the mostly Jewish audience the following:
"I am aware we are passing through a troubled period in this province, and that being a member of a minority in these circumstances can be cause for apprehension. I know that many members of the Jewish community share this feeling and have doubts about their future in Quebec. If I can speak as a member of one minority to another -- stick with it. With all your energies and abilities play your full part in this society, which you have helped to build and insist on your rights as members of it."
The exact same speech could be given today, which is incredibly depressing.
|Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Samuel Moskovitch on the front page of The Gazette, Monday, February 8, 1970|
Thursday, January 16, 2014
New York State just showed Quebec's narrow-minded politicians how a confident and tolerant society acts
The New York state assembly passed a bill this week to prohibit discrimination of any worker for the “wearing of any attire, clothing or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion.”
You can read the text here:
This bill would clarify that the wearing of any attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion is protected under the Human Rights Law. [...]
Section one of the bill would clarify that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to require a person to violate or forego the wearing attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion unless the employer demonstrates that it is unable to reasonably accommodate the person's religious practice without undue hardship on the conduct of the employer's business. [...]
This bill is intended to protect the religious rights of all New Yorkers. An example of the need for this bill is a case in New York City where a member of the Sikh religion who worked for the MTA was ordered to remove his turban and wear the MTA hat. When he objected, on religious ground, the MTA responded that he may wear the turban if he affixes an MTA badge to the front. This was unacceptable as wearing a turban is a solemn religious duty for Sikhs and affixing a badge to it would not be religiously proper. This bill would ensure that persons like the gentleman described above will no longer be discriminated at their places of work because of their religious duties.