Cornwall ON – While you probably couldn’t get one of these onto an airplane as carry on luggage if you weren’t a Sikh, the Kirpan has never been involved in a violent attack in Quebec.
But politics are a strange game in Quebec. Manic at times; facist at others; and deeply rooted in benign Xenophobic racism the Quebec assembly voted unanimously, 113-0 in fact to support the banning of Kirpans, the ceremonial daggers carried by Male Sikhs.
What bothers me most is that I don’t feel that most Quebecers or even most MLAs in Quebec have that huge an issue with Sikhs carrying Kirpans. To me this was capitulation to that special dying, yet still strong enough sliver of Quebec society that votes PQ and to a degree BQ.
Louise Beaudoin, the Parti Quebecois member for Montreal’s Rosemont riding, presented the motion, telling reporters she did so because provincial Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil remained neutral on the kirpan ban.
Beaudoin said she wanted to know where Weil stands on the issue of security versus religious freedom.
And she said the Sikhs should have been ready to make an accommodation by checking their kirpans with assembly security.
“Frankly, they could have made an effort to respect our institutions and our values,” she told reporters.
Ms Beaudoin does have a way of making one feel warm and fuzzy; especially if you’re not “pur laines” . She also was quick to point out that because Quebec never signed the Canadian Constitution that Quebec does not support Multi-culturalism.
The vote is an alleged response to Corporal Denis Lortie’s shootem up of the Assembly. Last checked Corporal Lortie was not carrying a religious object, especially a Kirpan.
Like I said, they do things differently in Quebec…..What do you think my fellow Canadians? You can post your comments below.