Last Monday, a Jewish organization attacked Bills 96 and 21. B’nai Brith Canada said they were causing an exodus of Jews from Quebec. This would not be new as some Jews have historically left Quebec due to discrimination. Without saying it explicitly, we are accused of anti-Semitism.
In particular, the group denounced the obligation that immigrants now have to use French in public services. From there he asks if the Quebec government wants to kill Jewish immigrants in the hospital by depriving them of care in English. As if people now have to die in the hospital instead of being treated under Law 96! We want Quebecers to pass as beings without the slightest bit of humanity. This crude insinuation serves to obscure the essential fact here, that the real problem in our English-speaking hospitals is to be treated in French.
Quebec would also be guilty of violating fundamental rights. B’nai Brith Canada, which does not represent Quebec’s Jewish community, condemns our government for using the disrespect clause to prevent (part of) federal judges from invalidating our laws under the Canadian charter imposed on us. When Ontario used the same exception clause last year, the organization obviously found nothing wrong.
A few months ago, its president, Michael Mostyn, complained National Post the excessive polarization of the political debate with the health crisis and the trucker occupation of Ottawa. On the one hand, he said, Trudeau accused conservatives (who sympathized with the protesters) of brandishing the swastika. He rightly pointed out that this outrageous exaggeration only added fuel to the fire when the country was already very divided.
The same accusation applied to the opponents of vaccination. Some of them actually wore Stars of David, as if their situation resembled that of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Mr Mostyn also stated that the Nazi parallels or other emotional comparisons might make the point for his opponents. In fact, this type of argument generates a strong reaction. In suggesting that the Quebec government might want Jews to die, his organization is resorting to the same type of tactic he himself denounced three months ago.
Quebec Jews are generally very well integrated and coexist warmly with the rest of Quebec. Many support Bills 21 and 96. By attacking them with false and demagogic arguments, Mostyn is adding fuel to the fire. It polarizes the debate around emotional issues like language and secularism. That’s exactly what he recently criticized Trudeau for. Like him, the President of B’nai Brith Canada is a master of hypocrisy.
By doing this, Michael Motsyn harms all of Quebec, starting with the Jewish community he claims to be defending.