Hon. Patty Hajdu

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Superior North

Hon. Patty Hajdu

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Superior North

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MP Hajdu Responds to Question About the Diversity of Canadian Communities

Mr. Luc Thériault (Montcalm, BQ):

Mr. Speaker, Manuel Valls and the Muslim Canadian Congress both consider so-called religious symbols such as the full veil to be more of a political statement.

The Bloc Québécois believes that religion and politics should be kept separate. After all, the best way to protect religions is for the state not to have one. Furthermore, gender parity is not negotiable and a tenet of our democracy.

Will the Prime Minister listen to reason and require women to vote with their faces uncovered?

Hon. Patty Hajdu (Minister of Status of Women, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, the values that define Canada include respect and openness toward our full diversity. Our country’s diversity is a source of strength. We as politicians need to focus on bringing people together instead of promoting division.

We are working to create conditions where all Canadians have the best chances to live safe, healthy, and productive lives.

We will respect the diversity of Canadian communities. We will visit with people in ways that are appropriate for their communities, whether they are military communities, religious communities, or indigenous communities.