I could not believe that in a country with our advanced Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a local judge can use their position to make such a foul statement to the world.
By Jeff Reid
Published March 03, 2015
I am writing this as both an unhappy constituent and a professional in the business of importing and exporting Canadian goods from here in Hamilton.
As I'm sure you have heard, on February 24, Montreal Judge Eliana Marengo determined she would not hear a case, based solely on a woman wearing her hijab in the courtroom.
Simply stated: I could not believe that in a country with our advanced Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a local judge can use their position to make such a foul statement to the world: In Canada, a woman is not permitted to wear certain clothing when that should be well ithin her rights to free expression.
Of course I understand that a single Quebec judge doesn't speak for our Government or our nation, but that's not how it was interpreted.
To Canadian Muslims and to our trading partners, this sent the message that we have legally determined a hijab to be no more than a fashion statement, like "a hat or sunglasses", as Judge Marengo so ignorantly and falsely equated it.
In reality, Judge Marengo is completely inconsistent. She claims her decision is based on our Courthouse being "a secular space" and then asserts the head-scarf is akin to a simple hat.
Likewise, she cannot be viewed as defending any women's rights by limiting their right to freely practice a deeply-held faith.
I urge our local politicians to denounce this conduct in any way they can, as our representatives and supporters of people's rights.
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