The Eastern Shores Teachers Association (ESTA) opposes the proposed Charter of Quebec Values (bill 60). We believe that the charter addresses a non-existent problem and is, therefore, unnecessary.
Ever since Quebec transitioned from confessional to linguistic school boards, the public school system was enshrined in secularism. Through the collective bargaining process, both at the provincial and local levels, the matter of religious accommodations has been successfully addressed.
The late Nelson Mandela believed that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Mandela believed that education would create a more tolerant citizenry that would be accepting of cultural and religious differences. Therefore, students must continue to be exposed to cultural and religious diversity.
On November 13, 2013, the ESTA Board of Directors unanimously passed the following resolution: “THAT ESTA decry the Charter Affirming The Values Of Secularism And the Religious Neutrality Of The State, As Well As The Equality Of Men And Women, And The Framing Of Accommodation Requests [i.e. Quebec Charter of Values or bill 60]on the basis that the Charter is not necessary.”