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TORONTO: Canada India Foundation (CIF), which works for deepening Canada-India relations, has called upon the Quebec government to abandon its legislation to enact the proposed Charter of Values that will curtail the rights of religious minorities at workplace.
Demanding that Quebec abandon the legislation, CIF chairman V.I. Lakshmanan said, “Canada has welcomed people from around the world, with a promise of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and freedom of religion. The proposed Quebec Charter is against these Canadian values and will severely erode the protection of visible minorities in Quebec, setting the province back both socially and economically.”
Surjit Babra, former Chair of CIF, said, “Members of the Sikh faith have migrated to all parts of the world and become highly contributing citizens, without compromising on symbols of their faith. Quebec can ill afford the economic loss and social fallout that would undoubtedly result from the message it is sending, that it is closed for business to people of faith, be they Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Christians or of other faiths.”
CIF said it recognizes that there are circumstances, such as the nation’s safety and security and an individual’s right to a fair trial, in which the right to display a religious symbol or article of clothing may be questioned, but this must be addressed in a rational and context specific manner rather than through an overarching ban on such symbols.