QUEBEC – The Parti Quebecois government tabled its charter of values on Thursday as Bill 60.
– Affirms the notions of religious neutrality of the state and of the equality between men and women.
– Makes it mandatory for public-sector employees and people they are serving to have their faces uncovered.
– Prohibits members of public bodies from wearing objects such as headgear, clothing, jewelry or other conspicuous adornments that overtly indicate a religious affiliation.
– Provides for “dialogue” with a supervisor for a first offence before disciplinary measures apply. Failure to comply can lead to a firing. Compliance would be treated as a mandatory job condition.
– Provides for a five-year five-year transition period, with health-care institutions granted a longer phase-in.
– States that the primacy of French will be added to the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, setting up a potential legal conflict with the Canadian Constitution.
Read Bill 60 in full below: