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Quebec emperors have no clothes

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?

A turban-wearing boy practises soccer in Quebec.


A turban-wearing boy practises soccer in Quebec.

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!"


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?




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.



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

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