Quebec’s Charter of Values: Citizenship, Patriarchy, and Paranoia
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A. A. Lavallée Bélanger
Discrimination, Human rights, Islamophobia
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Lavallée-Bélanger, A. A. (2013, September 26). Quebec’s Charter of Values: Citizenship, Patriarchy, and Paranoia. Jadaliyya. 


On September 10, 2013, the Quebec government, Parti Quebecois, introduced the Charter of Quebec Values. The Charter, if passed, would restrict government employees from wearing “conspicuous” religious symbols and would prevent citizens from attaining government services while wearing religious symbols.  To provide context regarding the Charter, the article outlines the recent developments and events which led up to the Charter such as the accommodation debate in 2006 and the Bouchard-Taylor Commission from 2007-2008. Quebec’s trauma with the Catholic church and religious authority also promoted the advancement of secularism in the province. The announcement of the Charter led to controversy and debate, along with rising incidents of Islamophobia in Quebec.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.

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