Bordeaux- In an interview with Maclean's magazine, Celine Dion mentioned the charter of Quebec values which is currently being discussed in the Canadian province. The world-famous singer slipped, taking advantage of this debate to speak directly to Muslims in Quebec.
Bordeaux- In an interview with Maclean’s magazine, Celine Dion mentioned the charter of Quebec values which is currently being discussed in the Canadian province. The world-famous singer slipped, taking advantage of this debate to speak directly to Muslims in Quebec.
During the interview, the Canadian singer stated, with a sententious tone: “I’m not against what people wear but if you go to the hospital, and you are in Quebec and we have embraced you and opened our country for you to live in a better world, you have to adapt to our rules.”
“If the doctor is a boy or a girl, you’re gonna see the doctor that [is] sent to [treat] you. You can’t just say, “My religion doesn’t permit me to see a woman or a male doctor.” That’s the problem for me. If I’m going to see a doctor and he is gay, I’m not going to have a problem with that. It should not be an issue.” She added.
With this comment, she implied that all Muslims come from backward countries while questioning their beliefs and way of life.
Celine Dion also referred to the veil, the main object of controversy among the strongest advocates of absolute secularism and human free will. She implied that this religious symbol prevents the integration of Muslim women and those who come to Quebec have to adapt to the province’s values and do without it.
“It’s just that these women who practice the things they believe in have to adapt to our country. They have to not change our law,” she noted.
“Because you have a lot of Anglican or veiled women in a school—you can’t just take off the [Catholic] cross from the walls, or take down Christmas trees. If I go live in their country and have to be veiled, I will,” she added.
If passed, Bill 60 would ban all public sector employees from wearing overtly religious symbols. Previously referred to as the charter of Quebec values, the government has renamed the bill the “charter affirming the values of state secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests.” The public opinion and political class of the province is highly divided on whether or not the charter should be implemented.
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