PSE institutions in Quebec voice opposition to secular charter

December 4, 2013

More of Quebec’s PSE institutions have begun to voice opposition to the Parti Québécois government’s controversial secular charter bill. The Globe and Mail reports that the University of Sherbrooke has joined McGill University and the English Montreal School Board in opposition to the bill; the Université de Montréal has not taken an official position against the charter, but Rector Guy Breton said the “initiative is unnecessary.” uSherbrooke Rector Luce Samoisette stated, “It’s not a good idea to do this and it is precisely the role of universities to confront these ideas.” McGill issued a statement in September against the charter, stating it would “run contrary to [the university’s] principles.” Montreal’s newly-elected city council has also taken a stance against the charter, voting for “inclusive secularism.” Globe and Mail 

Updated December 19, 2013

Concordia University has been added to the list of PSE institutions to openly disagree with the PQ government’s proposed Charter of Secular Values, posting an official statement on its website this week. “The Concordia University community wishes to make known its disagreement with certain key elements of the proposed Charter of Secular Values, and urges the Government of Quebec to amend the draft legislation significantly before seeking its passage,” reads the statement. Concordia Statement