A pointless, hurtful declaration (Editor’s notes)

Quebec town's list of norms drives away much-needed immigrants
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/20/2007

Some things go without saying. Apparently, this concept is lost on the small Quebec town of Hérouxville, located about 165 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

The town, which has a population of 1,300 and exactly one immigrant family, decided it would be a good idea to adopt a declaration of “norms” that immigrants should be aware of before they decide to settle there.

Among the list of norms, originally published in a five-page document, is the fact that women can drive, that it is forbidden to stone them or burn them with acid and that it’s not acceptable to hide your face unless it’s Halloween. They’ve since edited the declaration, removing the parts about stoning women and burning them with acid, but the bulk of it remains intact.