|English: Sous-Le-Fort St. in Old Quebec City, where the cable car stops. The year of the photo was Quebec's 400th Anniversary.|
This morning I was surprised to see on the news that so many people marched in favour of Quebec's new Values Charter.
A bill that would ban the wearing of religious symbols in the province's public sector. I was surprised because the march was organized by Quebec's leading women activists.
"WTF?" I thought.
But as I listened to a woman about my age explained that having finally thrown off centuries of living under the heavy yoke of Catholicism, Quecec women had no wish to 'go back'.
It suddenly made sense.
I don't believe a government has the right to tell a woman what she can or can't wear on her own time. However, if you live in Canada then you must obey the laws. Faces must be unveiled for driver's licences, in courtrooms, etc.
Is it much more of a stretch to say that in Canada people who work for the state should, during working hours, refrain from wearing items that suggests anything other than loyalty to the state and its values?
It would take a lot of courage to pass such a law - but perhaps with the right checks and balances in place, the time has come.
This promises to be interesting.