MONTREAL, Jan. 14, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - As a result of recent statements
made by Mr. Bernard Drainville, Minister responsible for Democratic
Institutions and Active Citizenship, the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs - Québec (CIJA Québec) has serious reservations regarding the
public consultations on Bill 60, which began today before the Committee
on Institutions at the Quebec National Assembly.
While the wall to wall ban of religious symbols in the public and
parapublic service is the main point of contention dividing political
parties and the population, Mr. Drainville has refused from the onset
to even consider the slightest change with respect to the most
controversial provisions of Bill 60, the sections most detrimental to
the rights and freedoms of Quebecers.
Luciano G. Del Negro, Vice-President of CIJA-Québec stated: "Given that
the consultation process is fundamental to our parliamentary democracy,
the intransigence of the Government undermines the very purpose of such
consultations. Clearly, this is a cynical manipulation of Quebec's
democratic institutions and a waste of public funds for partisan ends.
We call on Minister Drainville to take the necessary steps to ensure
that the parliamentary commission be truly consultative and demonstrate
an openness to make changes to the Bill".
CIJA-Québec and Federation CJA filed their brief on Bill 60 on behalf of
the Quebec Jewish community, and out of respect for Quebec's democratic
institutions, plan to present it before the Committee on Institutions.
SOURCE: Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs
For further information:
Associate Director, Public Affairs (Quebec)
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs