Members of religious minorities in Quebec believe that the Legault government’s plan to allow gatherings at Christmas proves a policy of double standards, two measures, in the province.
These groups have spoken in the wake of the Prime Minister’s announcement who offered Quebeckers what he described as “a moral contract”. It will therefore be possible to organize gatherings for a period of four days around Christmas Day.
“It’s disappointing,” said National Council of Canadian Muslims, Yusuf Faqiri, said. Muslim, Sikh and Jewish communities were unable to come together on their religious festivals. “
Mr Faquiri added that his objections are not only part of the fight against the pandemic. He recalls that his organization is one of those which oppose the Law on the secularism of the State in court. Defending this law and allowing gatherings at Christmas is a contradiction, he said.
According to Rabbi Lisa Gruschcow of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Montreal, these gatherings will leave people vulnerable and teachers at risk.
“I don’t know if the government is following science and medicine,” she said. This is what concerns me. “
She added that she did not want the government to allow people to come together for Chanukah, noting that her congregation has already gone through larger Jewish celebrations during the pandemic.
According to Mme Gruschcow, the provincial government’s approach is inconsistent with secularism.
“You say you can rearrange the entire school calendar and put society at risk so that people can celebrate Christmas, but you won’t let a teacher wear the hijab or the kippah,” she says. It’s a bit contradictory. “
Rabbi Reuben Poupko, co-chair of the Advisory Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations in Quebec, supported Mr.me Grushcow in a statement. “To elevate one religious community above another is inappropriate and all religious communities should be treated fairly,” he argued.
In response to a question about people not celebrating Christmas during Thursday night’s press conference, Mr. Legault replied that he believed most Quebeckers wanted to get together during the holiday season.
In a technical briefing on Friday morning, public health officials said they did not specifically choose to establish the social contract around Christmas. They would have chosen these dates because they fall in the middle of the winter school vacation.