‘It is wrong to suggest that the people of Quebecers are racist,’ the Liberal leader said after a bitter exchange last night.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said today the question posed over the weekend of England’s negotiations on Quebec law on faith is offensive.
The debate began with a heated exchange between Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet and negotiator Shachi Kurl over Bill 21 – which barred other government officials, including teachers, police, and state attorneys from wearing religious emblems at work – and Bill 96, which would have reduced French-speaking province. .
“He denied that Quebec has problems with racism but defends laws such as Bills 96 and 21 which exclude religious minorities, anglophones and allophones. Quebec is known as a separate society but for those outside the province, please help them understand why your party also supports these discriminatory laws. asked Kurl.
“The question seems to indicate the answer you want,” Blanchet replied. “Those laws are not about discrimination. They are about Quebec values.”
Karl, president of the Angus Reid Institute, has repeatedly asked Blanchet why he supports what he calls “discriminatory laws.”
“You can repeat as many times as you like that those are discriminatory laws,” Blanchet said. “We mean that these are legal laws that apply in the Quebec area and there seem to be people close to these who have the same view.”
Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Hamilton today, Trudeau said he was surprised by the question.
“My position on this is well known, it is not in line with that law. But it is wrong to suggest that the people of Quebecers are racist,” he said.
“Like Quebecer, I found this question very annoying. I think, yes, there is a lot of work to be done to continue to fight systemic discrimination across the country and in all parts of the country. But I don’t think that is an acceptable or appropriate question … at night. “
Asked why he did not step back during the debate, Trudeau said he did not think it was right to interrupt the manager.
At a press conference in Ottawa, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said it was a mistake to think that systemic discrimination was divided into one province or one territory.
“That hurts the fight against these forms of racism. We have to accept that this is everywhere in the country. One of the biggest examples is that indigenous communities do not have access to clean drinking water.
“We have to be very clear, this is not a problem for any province or territory. It is found everywhere in Canada. And to deal with it, we must acknowledge that it is everywhere and work together to eradicate it.”