I write this with a heavy heart but a growing conviction. My conviction comes from the hope that those of us of sound mind and some degree of vision can unite and have our voices heard in order to prevent a very dangerous piece of proposed legislation from becoming law. I worry that should Bill 60 be voted into law, it will have a profound effect on the long-term prospects of this Province. It is with this in mind that I humbly invite anyone reading this blog post to read on and join me in the submission of a request to be heard by the Parliamentary Committee on the public hearings for Bill 60.
If you are not yet aware, the proposed so-called “Quebec Charter of Values” or projet de loi Bill 60 will be holding general consultation and public hearings beginning on January 14, 2014. The deadline for submitting comments, briefs and/or requests to be heard and appear before the Parliamentary Committee is December 20, 2013. For those of you who recall, these hearings will be similar to those that were held for Bill 14 (Act to amend the charter of the French language) earlier this year.
I have already submitted a comment, essentially a slightly modified version of the blog post I wrote on September 11 of this year. I encourage everyone reading this to do the same. Share a short paragraph on how the Charter would affect you should it become law. How the hijab-wearing daycare worker that your daughter has come to love will lose her job. Or how the turban-wearing Sikh doctor who saved your life will need to relocate to Ontario. Heck, just write “Bill 60 is dumb” and hit send!!
However, the master plan is even more grandiose! I will also be submitting a brief to be heard in order to appear before the Parliamentary Committee. So, as I mentioned above, to anyone reading this blog post I propose the following:
Send me your story.
Maybe you’re currently living in Quebec, maybe you were born here and find yourself in Leafs Nation…maybe you just tried Schwartz’s smoked meat once and feel connected to Montreal. Regardless of your reasons for loving this city and this Province, I want to hear from you. Please share a sentence, a paragraph or a novel in the comments field below. You can email me if you wish your submission to remain confidential. Fortunately, in the accounting profession, anything a client (or in this case, reader) wishes to keep confidential, including their identity, will be kept confidential. If you want to remain completely anonymous, please send me a handwritten note to 3285 Cavendish, Suite 365, Montreal, QC H4B 2L9. If you do not wish to be included in my brief but want to submit your own comment to the Parliamentary Committee, please follow this link.
I will be compiling any and all submissions I receive into a single brief, which I will present to the Parliamentary Committee should it be selected for presentation on the floor of the National Assembly. If it is not selected, the brief will still be sent to the MNAs on the committee studying Bill 60 and become part of the public record.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Funny Determined Daddy Accountant
PS – Sorry I wasn’t funny today! Double the funny next week!!!
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