This is one of those times when it might be better to let actual Québécois speak for themselves. They are—as far as I can tell—quite capable of it.
Mr. Harper’s position on the so-called reasonable accommodation debate, which has enflamed passions across the province over the last few months, may disappoint Quebec Premier Jean Charest, whose government launched the provincewide commission.
It also is in sharp contrast to Governor General Michaelle Jean’s opinion on the issue.
Ms. Jean said in a September interview that Quebec’s debate on the reasonable accommodation of religious and ethnic minorities is a healthy exercise that should take place not only there but in the rest of Canada as well.
Prime Minister Harper, sometimes discretion really is the better part of valour.