Canadian city facing scrutiny for ‘statement of values’ targeting new immigrants

Officials in Gatineau, Quebec, are trying to downplay the 16-point guide for newcomers that covers topics such as killing people for honor and cooking smelly foods.

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Situated in the National Capital Region near Ottawa, the city recently released a 16-point guide dubbed a “statement of values” targeted at new immigrants.

According to The Globe and Mail, the document covers a range of topics, including “bribing officials, killing people for honor [and] … cooking smelly foods.”

Critics are accusing Gatineau of treating recent immigrants “like they came out of a cave,” reports the Globe.

The issue is stirring particular controversy in Quebec. Several years ago, the small town of Herouxville (where there are almost no immigrants) put out a similar guide that banned stonings and sparked a massive debate about the reasonable accommodation of immigrants to Quebec.

Gatineau, though, is not a tiny town with a homogenous population. It consists of a large number of people from other parts of the world, many of whom work in the capitol of Ottawa.

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