Quebec reveals religious symbols to be banned from public sector

The Globe and Mail:

Quebec’s minority government has laid out a plan to crack down on religious accommodation in the province, including a ban on religious symbols that forbids public servants, with some exceptions, from wearing the Sikh turban, the Muslim hijab, the Jewish kippa or a large Christian crucifix.

After weeks of trial balloons and leaks to the media, the outline of the Charter of Quebec Values arrived largely as expected, with the possibility of exemptions for certain institutions like hospitals and a plan to enshrine the principles of government religious neutrality and secularism in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
The crucifix hanging in Quebec National Assembly, however, would stay if the plan proposed by the Parti Québécois government makes it into law – a steep hurdle given the two main opposition parties have already said they will oppose the plan as presented Tuesday morning.

An image released by the Quebec government showing, top three, “non-ostentatious” religious symbols that could be worn by public employees, and, bottom image, “ostentatious” symbols that would be banned under the proposal


Bernard Drainville, the minister in charge of the file, says he will create exemptions for municipalities, hospitals and universities and colleges that want to allow their employees to wear religious symbols, such as hijabs or turbans.



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