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Quebec emperors have no clothes

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A turban-wearing boy practises soccer in Quebec.

Re: Quebec to introduce law to restrict religious symbols in workplace (Aug. 21). Shocking as it may sound, this shouldn't come as a surprise. On the election trail last year in Quebec, Premier Pauline Marois said such measures are needed to preserve "our identity, our language, our institutions and our values."

But who is "our"? Am I, an immigrant who came to Canada 13 years ago and who is now settled and raising a family with three kids, eligible to be termed as "our"? Or will Quebec leaders continue to consider me an alien?

It's about time those who are at the helm should start considering us, the lowly immigrants, as their own. Meanwhile, as they take aim at religious clothing, I wish some child would stand up and declare, "The emperor has no clothes!"

INAAM RANA

Brampton, Ont.

 

Does this mean the Roman Catholic Church will be free to apply for exemptions to this law for their priests who work on Sundays?

GRAHAM BUCKINGHAM

Winnipeg

 

It seems perverse that in its efforts to preserve the unique culture of Quebec, the Parti Québécois is creating a culture that is not worth preserving.

TERRY PARSONAGE

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2013 A12

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