“Please be kind enough to let us know the number of plainclothes officers who will infiltrate our event so we can order the appropriate catering.” – Gatineau Chamber of Commerce on Bill 78

Hot off the Twitter presses, courtesy of @NieDesrochers of Radio Canada, comes this letter from the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce:

NOTICE OF A GATHERING OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE

The letter is a notice to the Gatineau police force, pursuant to the Special Law that the Quebec Government has quickly passed to block student protests.

The law, in part, requires that all gatherings of ten or more people that will take place in a public venue must provide written notice at least eight hours in advance to the police of the location, route, date, time, number of attendees, and must comply with any changes ordered by the police.  This law is likely unconstitutional in its broad application.

The letter from the chamber of commerce reads:

Please take note that, pursuant to section 16 of Bill 78, the Chamber of Commerce of Gatineau will have a group of “more than 10 persons” on the 29th of May 2012 between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

The participants will leave from the parking lot of the Gatineau airport a bit before 5:00 and will go about 300 metres west along Rue Arthur-Fecteau to arrive at the Wings of History Hanger which is at 1669 Rue Arthur-Fecteau.

Here, the participants will engage in discussion and will listen to brief speeches.  This is to highlight the ‘team of the month': the Laiterie de l’Outaouais.

Between 6:30pm and 7:15pm, the participants will go back along Rue Arthur-Fecteau to the parking lot where they will leave.  

We anticipate that there will be about 200 people attending.  Please be kind enough to let us know the number of plainclothes officers who will infiltrate our event so that we may be able to order the appropriate catering and other orders.

Antoine Normand, President

This is pretty awesome, and shows the flaws in the Special Law that aims to stop student protest.  There’s now a rumour that the government will consider an amendment to change the number of people at a gathering that would require notice from 10 to 25, which does nothing to fix the flaws in the law.

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8 thoughts on ““Please be kind enough to let us know the number of plainclothes officers who will infiltrate our event so we can order the appropriate catering.” – Gatineau Chamber of Commerce on Bill 78”

  1. Public wedding photo session? Forbidden without notification!

    Elementary class walking down the street? Interdit without notification!

    Public picnic? Verboten without notification!

  2. This is clearly one of those laws which is best addressed by following it *to the letter.*

    I commend the Chamber of Commerce for leading the way!

  3. Quebec did NOT sign the Canadian constitution and Charter Of Rights & Freedoms in 1984. Therefore the people of Quebec do not have the same rights and freedoms as the rest of Canada. Maybe you should have thought of this 30 years ago when you decided to ignore the rest of Canada. Quebec is like a spoiled whiny child.

    1. Well, Bob, that’s an example of an intensely ignorant, stupid comment that borders on racism.

      The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects every person in Canada – Quebec included.

      Tu t’en calîsse : )

    2. 1) The Canadian Charter applies to all Canadians including Quebecois. (so you are an idiot)
      2) Quebec has its own Charter that provides even stronger civil rights protections. (so you are an idiot)
      3) You are an idiot.

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