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The Values That Made My Family Feel Welcome In Quebec Are Under Attack

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Thirty years ago I arrived in Quebec with my young family as an immigrant. We chose to settle in Montreal and have been Quebecois ever since.

Egypt, along with the many other places I lived in the Middle East over the years, is a democracy in appearance only — your rights depend mostly on who you know and what social class you belong to. So, I was enamoured with Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Ehab LotayefThe author's young family as they were when they arrived in Quebec, 30 years ago.

It was a great source of comfort to know that the Charter exists, and that it is not just a collection of slogans not worth the paper they are written on. It is a document that is actively applied to and equally protects everyone living in the province. As a newcomer and a person of colour, I took great comfort in the fact that the Charter is there to protect the minority from the majority, if need be.

If there was something I considered to be a contract between my family and our adopted homeland, it was the Charter. If there is a set of values we Quebecois can call "Quebec values," those would be the values found in the Charter.

The Quebec Charter of........

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