Freedom of Parents?
However, the issue of religious liberty is very import-
ant, she says. It “is very personal, and is protected by
both the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights. The
key issue is whether a breach of that right is justified.”
Some Christians, such as the Quebec group called
Protestant Partnership in Education, support the course
for fostering understanding.
Others object to the mandatory nature of any such
course. Jean-Yves Côté, of Sainte-Julie, Quebec, served as
the lawyer for Suzanne Lavallée in 2009. He’s also personally concerned as a parent of children aged 13, 15 and 17.
A Roman Catholic, he has served as legal counsel for La
Coalition Pour la Liberté d’Éducation, a multidenomina-tional group of parents seeking exemption from the ERC.