Quebec Immigration Guide
December 6, 2011 by staff
Quebec Immigration Guide, One of Quebec’s largest cities has released a welcome guide for immigrants, advising newcomers to refrain from bribing officials and killing people for honour.
According to an article in the Globe and Mail, the city of Gatineau recently published a ‘statement of values’ which includes a somewhat pedantic list of dos and don’ts for becoming a resident.
On a page titled ‘Children are our most precious good,’ the guide says that no-nos include “excessive punishments, corporal and sexual abuse, confinement, neglect, forced labour, humiliation, and willful malnutrition.”
Under ‘hygiene, cleanliness and quality of life,’ the guide says respecting others extends to curtailing smells like cigarette smoke and “strong odors emanating from cooking.”
The most detailed section, according to the Globe and Mail, informs newcomers that violence is not justified in the name of “ancestral rights,” “safeguarding honour,” or “culture or religion.”
The document is reminiscent of the controversial 2007 code of conduct of Heouxville, Quebec. As reported in the Toronto Sun, Heouxville received international attention for its code which mentioned that stoning women and burning them with acid was illegal.
Fo Niemi, head of the Centre for Research Action on Race-Relations, says the document is an insult to new immigrants.
“This singles out immigrants and treats them like they came out of a cave,” he told the Globe and Mail.
“It practically portrays them as being Neanderthals.”
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