The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government will table its secularism bill Thursday, fulfilling an election promise to prohibit many public sector employees, including teachers, from wearing religious symbols at work.
Quebec Premier François Legault has said the legislation will target teachers, judges, police officers, prison guards and other public servants in what the government considers to be positions of authority.
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Legault said the bill will preemptively invoke the charter’s notwithstanding clause to block court challenges that invoke rights violations.
Opposition to the government’s plan is growing.
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On Wednesday night, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) adopted a motion declaring its refusal to implement legislation restricting the wearing of religious symbols.
The government counters that it won a mandate last October to introduce the legislation, which it says is supported by a majority of Quebecers.
Civil rights groups and religious organizations argue the bill is primarily aimed at Muslim women who wear the hijab.
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