Winnipeg Jewish Review  
Site Search:
Home  |  Archives  |  Contact Us
 
Features Local Israel Next Generation Arts/Op-Eds Editorial/Letters Links Obituary/In Memoriam
B’nai Brith Canada Supports Right to Wear Kippah in National Assembly

April 13, 2018

 

MONTREAL – B’nai Brith Canada is standing in solidarity with a Jewish member of the Quebec National Assembly after his use of a religious head-covering in the legislative chamber was criticized by the Leader of the Opposition.

 

On Wednesday, D’Arcy-McGee MNA David Birnbaum of the Quebec Liberal Party donned a kippah as he made a statement on the evening of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), honouring the victims of the genocide.

 

On Thursday, during a heated exchange in question period, Premier Phillippe Couillard noted that Opposition Leader Jean-François Lisée, of the Parti Québecois, was wearing a PQ party pin on his lapel, which fell afoul of the National Assembly’s ban on partisan symbols. Lisée retorted by saying that, “There shouldn’t be a hierarchy between some convictions and others,” suggesting that Birnbaum should have been forced to remove his kippah as well.

 

Birnbaum was not impressed, telling the Montreal Gazette: “In the Quebec of today, that I’m very proud to be part of, I can wear that kippah anywhere and the government of Quebec today would ensure that I can wear that kippah and pursue a career in any domain whatsoever in Quebec.”

 

“The kippah is obviously not a partisan symbol,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “To suggest that a Jewish MNA should be forced to hide his religious identity in the National Assembly – on Yom HaShoah, no less – is grotesque and unacceptable.”

 

As a provincial election approaches on Oct. 1, Premier Couillard has defended the right of Quebecers to wear religious garb, including Birnbaum’s kippah in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

 

Late on Thursday, Lisée issued a statement on Facebook in which he conceded that Birnbaum had the right to don a kippah in the legislative chamber, but argued that, “For the Liberals, religious rights must take precedence over other beliefs. They therefore promote inequality.”

 
<<Previous Article       Next Article >>
Subscribe to the Winnipeg Jewish Review
  • Royal Bank
  • Canadian Friends of Hebrew University
  • The Azrieli Foundation
  • Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
  • Commercial Pool
  • Derksen Plumbing
  • Booke and Partners
  • Coughlin Insurance
  • CHW
  • Joyce Rykiss
  • Sobey's
  • Jack and Debbie Lipkin
  • Asper Family
  • Winter's Collision Repair
  • Dimensions Insurance
  • Commercial Pool
  • Superlite
  • Blair Worb
  • MCW Consultants Ltd.
  • Marks Family
  • K. Sleva Contracting
  • Bridges for Peace
  • Munroe Pharmacy
  • TD Canada Trust
  • GTP
  • Imperial Soap
  • Daien Denture Clinic
  • Nick's Inn
  • Booke and Partners
  • Carol and Barry McArton
  • Shirley and Bob Freedman
  • Shinewald Family
  • Josef Ryan
  • Roseman Corp.
  • Thorvaldson Care
  • Cavalier Candies
  • Ambassador Mechanical
  • HUB
  • CDN Visa
  • Laufman Reprographics
  • Maric Homes
  • Myers LLP
  • Artista Homes
  • Southwynn Homes
  • Tradesman Mechanical
  • Taverna Rodos
  • Ixtapa Travel
  • Global Philathropic Canada
  • Protexia
  • Munroe Dental Centre
  • Broadway Law Group
  • Magen David Adom
  • Bridges for Peace
  • Cascade Financial Group Inc.
  • Superlite
  • Chisick Family
  • Myrna Driedger
  • Jim Gauthier
  • Orthodox Union
  • Accurate Lawn & Garden
  • Dr. Gary Levine
  • Fetching Style
  • Ronald B. Zimmerman
  • Chochy's
  • Aziza Family
  • James Bezan
  • Candice Bergen
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Peerless Garments
  • John Orlikow
  • Lofchick Family
  • Safeway
  • Allan Davies
  • West Kildonan Auto Service
  • Kristina's Fine Greek Cuisine
  • Erickson Motors
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Grant Kurian Trucking
  • Nikos
  • Sarel Canada
  • Santa Lucia Pizza
  • Boys Town
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • Roofco Winnipeg Roofing
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • Nachum Bedein
Rhonda Spivak, Editor

Publisher: Spivak's Jewish Review Ltd.


Opinions expressed in letters to the editor or articles by contributing writers are not necessarily endorsed by Winnipeg Jewish Review.