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A motion was unanimously adopted by the National Assembly on Wednesday morning to denounce the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which recently supported that the Christmas and Easter holidays represented a “clear example” of “systemic religious discrimination.”These comments were published in a reflection document on religious intolerance (New window) posted online about a week ago on the organization's website.

It states, among other things, that Christmas and Easter holidays are discriminatory because non-Christians may need to request special accommodations to celebrate their religious holidays and other holidays. the year in which their religion requires them to abstain from work.

The wording of the motion adopted by the National Assembly on Wednesday denounces any attempt at polarization towards unifying events which have been part of Quebec's heritage for several generations. She invites all Quebecers to unite during this approaching Christmas period.

The motion was presented at the Salon Bleu by the Minister responsible for the Fight against Racism, Christopher Skeete, with the support of Liberal, PQ and Independent MPs, but without that of Québec Solidaire.

The 109 elected officials present in the House, however, voted for the motion, the adoption of which was highlighted by rounds of applause. No one abstained.

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Christopher Skeete's motion denounces the Canadian Human Rights Commission's comments that holidays linked to Christianity, including Christmas and Easter, represent a “clear example” of “systemic religious discrimination” and that this “discrimination towards religious minorities in Canada is rooted in the history of colonialism in Canada. (Archive photo)

The Canadian human rights commission is trying to tell Canadians, and by extension Quebecers, that Christmas is ;is racist, deplored Christopher Skeete after the vote. I don't think so, and I think that Quebecers are with me [on this].

In Quebec, we will continue to celebrate Christmas, and we will not apologize for celebrating Christmas in Quebec, added Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette to his exit from the Blue Salon.

Christmas is a celebration that is shared, he pleaded. We are a land that is welcoming, and I think it is important to say that it is part of Quebec culture, and to invite everyone to celebrate Christmas if they wish. But honestly, being told by the Rights Commission that Christmas is discriminatory, there are limits.

After the vote, the deputy parliamentary leader of government, Mathieu Lévesque, asked that a copy of the motion be sent to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the federal government, the House of Commons as well as Santa Claus, at the pole Nord.

With information from The Canadian Press

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