Charte des valeurs: quatre visions s’affrontent | Denis Lessard | National

A good analysis of the various social/demographic groups and how they are positioned with the proposed Charter:

  • Pure laine Catholics (29%)
  • The tolerant believer (29%)
  • The open laic (21%)
  • The closed laic (21 %)

Charte des valeurs: quatre visions s’affrontent | Denis Lessard | National.

In terms of the PQ plans, appears some of the signals yesterday by Jean-François Lisée, PQ Minister for Montreal, were false as the government appears to be digging in its heels:

Parti Québécois: No quick compromises on values plan

Charte des valeurs québécoises – Signes religieux : le droit de retrait pourrait être restreint, dit Lisée

Lastly, a stronger legal analysis of Canadian jurisprudence on the proposed Charter by Daniel Proulx of Université de Sherbrooke, citing recent Supreme Court jurisprudence on conditions where the niqab can be worn in court. His rebuttal to the Henri Blum opinion (Charte des valeurs québécoises – Au sujet de la validité constitutionnelle):

La réplique › Charte des valeurs québécoises – Une Charte qui ne passerait pas le test

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

2 Responses to Charte des valeurs: quatre visions s’affrontent | Denis Lessard | National

  1. Victoria says:

    Fascinating. I am a fairly conservative Roman Catholic and I don’t think I would feel comfortable in either of the groups he proposes.

    I’m reading a very interesting book right now called Evangelicals and US Foreign Policy which is mostly about the former and not so much about the latter. Lot of food for thought in this book and in this debate over the charter which I am following from afar.

    Christians (and I think other people of faith) are effectively “dual citizens” – there is a City of God and a (we think) lesser one made by man. Where religious people cannot express the first in the second, doesn’t that have much deeper implications than just the result of a strict separation of religion from the political/publish sphere? I think that will be tomorrow’s post.

    Thanks for the link, Andrew, and I thought you were brilliant in your interview.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for the perspective on another kind of dual citizenship. Our lives and identities are multilayered and your comment adds yet another layer to take into consideration. And thanks for the feedback.

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