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Friday, March 23, 2007

Who Dat Der?

Liberal Premier Jean Charest wants Quebec's chief returning officer to reverse a decision that allows Muslim women to have their faces covered when they vote in Monday's provincial election.

"I expect the chief electoral officer to assume his responsibilities and make sure that people are properly identified," Charest said Thursday.

Charest said all voters must properly identify themselves, a position backed by Parti Québécois Leader André Boisclair and Action démocratique du Québec Leader Mario Dumont.

Elections Quebec has decided that Muslim women who vote do not have to remove their niqab, which leaves only the eyes visible. Instead, it said they could be accompanied by another person who can verify their identity.

Elections Quebec spokesman Denis Dion said Thursday that Quebec's human rights commission was consulted when the decision was made.

"I think he should ensure that everyone properly identifies themselves," Charest told a news conference in Lac Megantic, about 200 kilometres east of Montreal.

Quebec, a francophone minority in North America, has been in the middle of a debate about what constitute reasonable accommodations for religious minorities. A small Quebec town called Hérouxville recently garnered international attention for setting up a code of behaviour for immigrants. See HERE

Boisclair said Elections Quebec has gone too far. "I don't see why there are double standards," the PQ leader said while campaigning in the Saguenay region north of Quebec City.

"They have to identify themselves to have their photo taken on their driver's licence or on their health insurance card, it should be the same thing for voting," he said.

Boisclair said a voter's identity is a fundamental principle of the electoral process.

"You absolutely must see the person's face."

Dumont said it was up to Elections Quebec to make sure that each person can properly identify themselves.

Quebecers go to the polls on March 26.

Your "get out the vote" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Blogger levieuxbarman said...

Sir, I have written many posts onHérouxville in both french and english, I invite you to visit them by simply clicking Hérouxville.Boisclair called oriental people ''slanty eyes '' last week and it created well...and his predecessor Parizeau upon loosing the referendum said it was on account of money and the ETHNICS. You are right in saying that there ia a lot going on in Québec insofar as cultural differences are concerned. With regards to Muslim women wering a mask of sorts does not affect the vote.according to regulations anyone who's name is not on the voter's list cannot vote. In order to vote the person must be identified through one of five documents. Passport included and we have seen passports with their faces covered.Provisions have been made to have the person testify as to who they are ''when in doubt''it is the scruteneer who decides if that person can vote.Annotations are made in the voting registry and the swearing in forms are placed in a special envelope. I don't understand the fuss since a Muslim woman can show her face to a woman scruteneer.

Friday, March 23, 2007 10:21:00 a.m.  
Blogger Allan said...

Good point about women scruteneer's. Sort of makes it all easier, don't you think!

Friday, March 23, 2007 12:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Paul said...

Personally, I think Jean Charest is a dick, but I have to agree with him 100% on this issue. It is imperative that each and every voter be properly identified.

Friday, March 23, 2007 11:07:00 p.m.  

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