Quebec: National Assembly controversy over Crucifix

Source: FSSPX News


André Boisclair, leader of the Quebec Party, has asked that the Crucifix which hangs over the presidential chair of the National Assembly, be removed as “religious symbols have no place in the public domain”. –“This is not a religious object, it is a symbol, a commemorative object which recalls tradition, one cannot make abstraction of the Catholic religion”, replied Lise Grondin, Cabinet Chief of the President of the Assembly.

 Philippe Couillard, the Health Minister, declared himself favorable to “complete secularity” in public institutions, but opposed to the removal of the Crucifix which is an example of a shared history. “The debate on reasonable compromise has to start with the affirmation of our identity and our values as Québécois,” he declared. And our identity includes “a common language, which is French”, and an historical tradition, “strongly linked to the Catholic faith and Christianity”.

 Congressman Sam Hamad said : “Personally, I would like it (the crucifix) to remain. (…) When we come to another society which is not our own, we have a duty, a responsibility to become integrated into that society. This does not mean that we have to drop our own values, it means we have to respect the values of others, while at the same time, keeping our own self esteem”. A congressman of Louis-Herbert of the Liberal Party of Québec and president of the Public Finance Commission, Sam Hamad was born in Damascus (Syria), on June 17, 1958.

 Mario Dumont, Congressman from Rivière-du-Loup and the leader of Democratic Action, pointed out: “This question has already been debated. The prayer has been abolished, which goes without saying, but the Crucifix, this is a question of tradition”. And if M. Boisclair has seen fit to bring up the question of the Crucifix, it is because he is trying to “make us forget his absence of leadership” during the debate on a sensible compromise.