Wow what do you know, The Parti Quebecois is standing up for Quebec values. Will wonders never cease.
QUEBEC – The Parti Quebecois is sounding the alarm bell over an Islamic food ritual, calling slaughter for halal meat an affront not only to the rights of animals but to the values cherished by Quebecers.
The pro-independence party declared its concerns Wednesday about halal animal-rights standards, and is worried that mainstream companies are selling the meat, without any labelling, to unsuspecting Quebecois customers.
Not to be outdone, the fledgling Coalition For Quebec’s Future concurred later Wednesday that consumers should have the right to choose which product they buy and halal products must be labelled.
The halal flap is the latest iteration of Quebec’s identity debates, which have raged on Montreal’s populist talk radio in recent days.
Over the last week one radio show has featured complaints about Hassidic Jewish festivals disrupting traffic; Islamic halal meat being sold without labelling; and a convenience-store owner who got angry when asked to speak French.
The PQ is now demanding a report on the halal situation from the provincial government, by March 23.