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CaPQ calls on federal government to disallow Notwithstanding Clause

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Sovereignty-Association already exists, says Canadian Party of Quebec leader Colin Standish, thanks to the federal government’s “dangerous pandering to Quebec nationalism.”

Standish and Deputy Leader Myrtis Fossey held an address, last week, calling on the federal government to invoke Disallowance to prevent the re-invocation of the Notwithstanding Clause with regard to Bill 21.

“We tried once before to get the Trudeau Liberals to invoke Disallowance to prevent Bill 96. But we know how that turned out, much to the chagrin of some of the government’s own MP’s,” Fossey said. “We came back again to demand better leadership from the federal government in protecting the constitutional rights of Canadians in Quebec. That, too, fell on deaf ears.”

At its very base, Fossey says, Bill 21 – Quebec’s secularism law – is an unconstitutional, un-Canadian assault on human rights, and “facilitates systemic discrimination based on religion.”

And, it is protected by the Notwithstanding Clause.

"We remind the prime minister that he has already said he’d support any future challenges to Bill 21. He still refuses to take actions to curb the use of the Notwithstanding Clause in Bill 21, which would allow for the potential of successful legal challenges."

Instead, says Standish, the federal government is contributing “to the delegitimization of human rights in Quebec.” And unless it takes a stronger stance in favour of all Canadians, nothing will prevent Quebec from dissolving its place in confederation.

About the CaPQ:

The Canadian Party of Quebec (CaPQ) offers a bold, forward-looking, federalist vision of Quebec to promote a renaissance to make the province a major economic, cultural, and linguistic rights hub of Canada and North America.

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