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Quebec should not be recognized as a potential sovereignty-association because of its irrational, secular Charter provisions. The Quebec Charter of Values was first introduced as a proposed bill by the Parti Quebecois. This controversial bill was first officially proposed in 2013. However, the bill died on the order paper in 2014. As a province of Canada, bills in Quebec ultimately pass through the approval of the Lieutenant Governor, which the Governor General appoints. If Quebec were to be a sovereignty-association, Quebec would be an independent nation-state, and could possibly reintroduce this bill without the approval of the Lieutenant Governor. By reintroducing this bill, Quebec can restore the provisions of the Quebec Charter of Values. The provisions grands the right to amend the Quebec Charter of Human Rights (Les Publications) which include the right to limit the wearing of religious “conspicuous” symbols and to make it mandatory to have one’s face uncovered during state service . Based on an article on the Globe and Mail, nine legal experts weighed into this matter and the majority agreed on that Quebec’s ¬†Charter of Values was unconstitutional with its excessive demands as it would limit the freedom of religion, infringe fundamental human rights, and due to the fact that there was no justification will only bring more secular exceptions (Fine). Yet only one out of the nine legal experts believed that the limitations clause made the Charter of Values constitutional and justifiable. The Quebec Charter of Values also interferes against the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The objective of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as stated by the preamble is to provide dignity and equality which is the foundation of freedom, peace, and justice. According to Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone is entitled to all rights without discrimination based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, and origin (United Nations). The provisions of the Quebec Charter of Values not only infringes Human Right and Freedoms on a national scale by violating the legal conditions of the Canadian Charter (Government) but also violates on an international scale by violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If Quebec secedes and reintroduces the Quebec Charter of Values, there will be conflict with the UN on the basis of infringing human rights and liberty. This justifies that Quebec should not secede from the Confederation as Nicolas Berdiaeff, a political philosopher once said, “Liberty is not a right: it’s an obligation.”

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