Will he be celebrated for his latest move?
According to the Globe and Mail, Nenshi slammed Quebec's Parti Quebecois government on Sunday for its proposed Values Charter, which will reportedly ban public employees from wearing religious symbols in public institutions.
Speaking to a crowd of thousands at the downtown end point for Calgary’s 23rd annual Pride parade, Mr. Nenshi referenced “a certain part of this country” and a national debate about “how people should be restricted from certain jobs because of their religious faith.”
The [Quebec values] charter is “an absolute violation not just of Canadian morals and ethics, but of what has made our country successful. If we are not able to attract the very best people from around the world to want to work and learn and invest and raise families in this country, we don’t have a future as a country,” he said.
“It is important for people across Canada, and particularly in Quebec, to know that if they don’t feel welcome in that community, they’re certainly welcome in this one,” he added.
Nenshi is just the latest politician to criticize the PQ government's plan, which is expected to be introduced in Quebec's National Assembly this month.
And, on Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he will withhold judgement but will want to make sure that the secularization plan, once made public, will uphold the fundamental rights of Canadians.
[ Related: Harper speaks about Quebec’s proposed Values Charter ]
While the charter has spurred controversy across the country, it seems to have buoyed the PQ in the opinion polls.
According to Le Devoir, a new Leger poll released on Saturday claims that the governing party is just four percentage points behind the opposition Liberals: the Liberals have 36 (-2) per cent support while the PQ sits at 32 (+5) per cent.
The Leger poll supports the findings of a Forum Research poll, from last week, that suggested that 58 per cent of Quebecers actually support the Values Charter.
And, for those that don't: they now have the option to move to Calgary.
(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)
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