MONTREAL, QC, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Tania Longpré, the Parti Québécois
(PQ) candidate in the upcoming by-election in the riding of Viau,
recently endorsed the removal of the word "Jewish" from the Jewish
General Hospital of Montreal and the prohibition of circumcision.
With the PQ already proposing in the name of an ill-conceived form of
secularism to exclude visible religious minorities from working in the
public service and from sitting in the National Assembly, the Jewish
Community of Quebec is extremely disturbed and shocked that the PQ now
has a candidate who supports the disappearance of Quebec's Jewish
history and patrimony, and the prohibition for Jews to practice an
ancient tradition at the heart of their identity.
"If adopted, the Parti Québécois' bill on secularism will result in
prohibiting Jewish doctors who wear a kippa from practicing in
institutions other than in Jewish establishments. In doing so, the
Parti Québécois will force the Jewish General Hospital to return to its
origins, as a haven for Jewish doctors looking to practice their
profession - and this, only for a limited transitory period - because
other hospitals were closed off to them," declared Luciano G. Del
Negro, Vice-President (Québec) of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs. "Clearly, these discriminatory measures are still not enough
to satisfy their candidate in Viau," he added.
We call upon Madame Pauline Marois, the leader of the Parti Québécois
and Premier of all Quebecers, to call her candidate to order for this
attack on Jewish identity and on the generosity provided by the
community to the benefit of all Quebecers for many generations. We also
call upon the Quebec government to respect the historical legacy of the
Jewish community of Quebec.
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
For further information:
Associate Director, Quebec Public Affairs
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)