A white guy in a turban, the Parti Québécois, and the so-called Charter of Values
It's not the most elegant photo.
And I can understand why you would look at it and think it's hilarious.
I've been amused myself when I've seen this photo of me in a turban from the 2011 Vaisakhi parade.
But it's no laughing matter that the Parti Québécois wouldn't want me working for the government if I showed up with this on my head, no matter how well I spoke French.
If the Quebec national assembly passes the party's proposed Charter of Values, public servants will be fired if they don't remove their turbans.
For that reason, I've posted this photo on my Twitter profile. I hope others post similar photos.
Many years ago, we went through an idiotic debate in Canada over whether RCMP officers should be allowed to wear turbans.
In the end, common sense prevailed.
I can understand why Premier Pauline Marois is concerned about the preservation of French in Quebec on a continent where English is the dominant language.
I have a good idea why francophones in Quebec want to maintain the language for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They shouldn't suffer the same fate as the Acadians and the francophones in Manitoba and Louisiana, who lost their language in a tide of English.
But people can still speak French wearing a turban or a hijab or a niqab or a yarmulke.
Of course, everyone in the Parti Québécois knows this, which is what makes the party's Charter of Values so repulsive.