The government of Quebec (a Liberal government, by the way) voted to ban government workers, and those doing business with the government, from wearing face-obscuring masks, such as the burqa and niqab.
This law doesn’t go very far. It doesn’t apply to the private sector.
But hearteningly, Quebec opposition parties want this law to go even further.
Quebeckers in general agree. They still care about their culture. Justin Trudeau tells us being Canadian doesn’t mean anything — we’re post-national. He only says that in English, though — he doesn’t dare tell Quebeckers that their culture is meaningless.
He simply tweeted this yesterday:
"When it comes to what people can & cannot wear - my position has always been known, and it's where I'll always be”
Remember when Stephen Harper’s government defended citizenship courts that asked would-be Canadians to take off their masks? Trudeau made opposing that into a signature campaign issue — and the media did, too.
But now Trudeau is just tweeting. No suing or going to court.
Because he knows support of this in Quebec is enormous.
And for all of Trudeau’s claims to love the burqa, he loves his Quebec votes even more.
But if you think he’s a coward, what about the other nine provinces and three territories?
And what about so-called Conservative MPs?
What about Andrew Scheer...?
TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Barbara Kay with more on Quebec's burqa ban; Germain Belzile of the Montreal Economic Institute on how the Energy East pipeline cancellation is the latest evidence that investment will continue to flow out of Canada under Liberal policies.
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