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ARPA Note: Watch a CTV interview with André on the same topic here. It has also been covered by Newstalk1010 in Toronto, the National Post, and replublished in the Calgary Herald. By André Schutten, Ottawa Citizen, Sept 12 2013: While picking up a couple of cigars from the local smoke shop in Gatineau, I got into a short but lively conversation about the new Charter of Quebec Values introduced by the Parti Québécois that morning. The friendly tobacconist assisting me was supportive of the new charter, as are two thirds of Quebecers if recent polls are to be believed. I disagreed with the tobacco salesman, and was bold enough to tell him why. However, my friend across the counter did point out one thing that has been missed in the commentary to date, a point that I had to concede. Referring to the negative response coming from the "Rest of Canada", he scoffed, "Look at the pot calling the kettle black." As I lit my cigar later that evening, I was surprised to be able to recall example after example of exactly what my friend had called "hypocritical outrage." Let me just give one for each province west of Québec. In each case of state intrusion on religious rights, the majority of the mainstream media, federal politicians and society in general didn't bat an eye.