NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was brought to tears over Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s blackface stupidity 20 years ago; Singh also tore a strip over revelations that two white supremacists signed papers helping set up the People’s Party of Canada.
But wait! Where has Singh/NDP been on the much more pressing practice of legally-sanctioned actual PRACTICE of racism taking place TODAY in Canada … in Quebec ???
A simpering stance … or mostly silence … is what we’ve heard from Singh as TENS OF THOUSANDS Canadian citizens are being denied their basic human rights to seek work in public institutions … government jobs, such as police, as lawyers, in schools and even in hospitals as doctors, surgeons, nurses … even cooks or cleaners … in Quebec.
Under Quebec’s Bill 21 … now LAW … people of faith who wear turbans (as Singh does), or hijabs or kippahs or even crucifixes … are BANNED from applying for public employment … and if already employed, BANNED from any promotions.
The Bill was passed into law by the Quebec legislature in June (NOT 20 YEARS AGO!) by the combined vote of the separatist Parti Quebecois and the nationalist Coalition Action Quebec … led by Premier Francois Legault … a former separatist cabinet minister himself … in what I believe is a deliberate plan to make ethnics … especially young, mobile ones … feel distinctly unwelcome, encouraging them to leave the province … to pump up the “pure lain” vote and sweeten the chances that another separatism referendum, down the road, will pass.
“It’s horrifying,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary, who became Canada’s first Muslim mayor in 2010, told CTV’s Power Play program Monday.
“A Muslim man with a beard can say, ‘Hey, I’m just a hipster. It’s not about my faith,’ and have any job. But a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf can’t. If she’s in a job now, she will never be considered for promotion. And this is crazy,” said Nenshi.
Amen! (Ooops … can I say that … in our currently very selective politically correct society?)
It’s so hypocritical … only Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has spoken STRONGLY against the discriminatory law.
“I find it very distressing. Bill 21 is clearly an infringement on individual human rights. When I look back at our history of divisions within this country, separatism within Quebec, I don’t want to fuel. I want to work to find a way that ensures the rights of every Quebecer wearing a hijab or a turban or a yarmulke. And it may be that we can find a solution where we leave Quebec alone but we find jobs for anyone that Quebec has taken off of their payroll,” May has said.
Trudeau proffered that the Quebec law might be challenged “at some time in the future”.
“I think Quebec voters know full well that I will always defend individual rights and freedoms and indeed that I disagree with Bill 21. I don’t think, in a free society, we should be limiting fundamental rights or allowing discrimination to happen,” he said.
But for now, he’s only kicking the can down the road.
Tory Leader Andrew Scheer had this wimpy response, when questioned …
“The Conservative Party will always stand up for individual liberties. We are the party of the Bill of Rights. We are the party that supports individual expression. This is not something that we would ever think of imposing at the federal level. And right now, people in Quebec who are opposed to this legislation or are affected by this legislation are pursuing it in the courts, as is their right. Ultimately the courts will make a decision on the law.”
And Singh? As someone who could now not even get a job as a teacher in Quebec … he has called it “legislated discrimination … sad” … but HIS “action” response has been the most tepid of all the leaders … especially as the election nears.
“I’m a very determined man that’s going to Quebec and saying ‘I love the French language’, ‘I respect the unique identity of Quebec and I want to fight to defend it’ and ‘I’m proud of who I am’ , hoping that has a powerful impact on Quebeckers who will see me as someone coming in to say ‘I love and support what this place is about’,” Singh told Vassy Kapelos of the CBC’s Power and Politics.
Does that sound critical enough to you??? A defender of minorities who are being singled out for exclusion???
“I believe in the things passionately that Quebeckers believe in,” Singh added.
“I believe in women’s rights; I believe in LGBTQ community’s rights; I believe in building a society where no one is left behind and maybe they’ll begin to say ‘The guy believes in the things I believe in’,” the NDP Leader added.
NOT EVEN A MENTION of the words TURBAN, KIPPAH, HIJAB!
“Are you trading off the degree to which you could protect those minority rights for votes in Quebec?”, Kapelos asked.
“Well, I understand the jurisdiction. And I understand there is a legitimate jurisdictional question that is a legal question about what provinces can and cannot do,” Singh said Sunday, when pressed by Kapelos.
“Jurisdictional question”? So he would not act? Is “Jurisdiction” more important than human rights?
Just imagine if any LEADER had said he or she couldn’t act against South Africa’s apartheid because it involved “a jurisdictional question”? Or human rights violations in Russia, China or Saudi Arabia? Or the Nuremberg laws?
No … it’s about the 14 seats the NDP is desperately trying to hang on to in Quebec … and Singh seems prepared to shed more tears about losing any of those, rather than speak out LOUDLY AND CLEARLY … on behalf of the thousands of innocent people … many exactly like him … who are being impacted RIGHT NOW by Quebec’s racist law.
Singh should say HE will challenge it in Court if elected. Especially since HE ..and the rest of us know … he doesn’t have a REAL chance of becoming Prime Minister.
But speaking out and denouncing Quebec’s racist law LOUDLY during the campaign would take principle … to stand up for REAL human rights … and end the pandering to Quebec, abandoning his meek or mostly silent response to true injustice impacting so many.
So, of course, it won’t happen … not from Singh/NDP.
And Jagmeet … that’s what’s REALLY “sad” …. and worth shedding tears over.
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