Charter infringes on human rights: commission

By MARIAN SCOTT | Published October 18, 2013 by The Gazette

MONTREAL — The Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Quebec Values is a clear infringement of human rights that would not stand up to a court challenge, the province’s human rights commission says.

In a scathing 27-page critique released Thursday, the rights commission calls the proposed values charter a violation of both “the spirit and the letter” of the province’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The government’s proposal to bar public-sector workers from wearing religious symbols like the hijab, kippah or turban would be overturned by the courts, the commission predicted.

“It’s impossible that it would stand up,” Jacques Frémont, chairman of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, said in an interview.

“The courts would rip it to shreds.”

Frémont said the proposed values charter is the “most radical” change that’s ever been proposed to Quebec’s charter of rights, which was passed unanimously by the National Assembly in 1975.

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