Quebec’s Societal Crisis: Premier Pauline Marois’s Charter of Values

marois-chater-of-valuesQuebec is known for its religious and cultural diversity. These days, however, we find ourselves (I say “we” and “ourselves” as I’m a Quebecer from Montreal) in a societal crisis as Quebec Premier, Pauline Marois, attempts to put a “Charter of Values” in place that will ban the wearing of any religious symbols in the workplace. These “religious symbols” include anything from Hijabs, kippas, turbans, overly large crucifixes, etc.

The goal of this charter, according to Marois, is to unify Quebecers through their similarities and to protect our cultural history. However, many are chalking it up as a political move to gain more of a majority government, rather than the minority one she currently holds. No matter the reason, Quebec is in upheaval over this controversial charter. Though there are many who are in agreement with the charter, Saturday’s protest in downtown Montreal showed that many of all religions are opposed, denouncing it as unconstitutional.


The above banner reads: “No to this discriminatory charter”



This controversial charter is taking a hold of all Quebec media here in the province as Marois plans to present it as a bill to the legislature this fall. It’s a societal crisis that has everyone talking, debating, arguing and protesting. Only time will reveal how it will all play out.


 Image credits:
 top image: 
Mathieu Belanger / Reuters
3 protest images: 
Ryan Remiorz / La Presse Canadienne 

Melissa Agnes is an international crisis management keynote speaker and consultant. President of the crisis management firm Agnes + Day, Melissa has developed a worldwide reputation for crisis management, planning and training by helping global brands and government agencies prevent and manage a wide range of issues and crises. She is also the editor of The Crisis Intelligence Blog and host of The Crisis Intelligence Podcast.

2 Comments. Leave new

Wow–this is pretty ignorant. How can you preserve culture by destroying diversity?


Yes, it's extremely ignorant and I'm not proud of what's going on in Quebec right now. But then again, the wrong person is in office… Hopefully this attempt will lead to a change. We shall see.


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