Quebec Muslims Troubled By Proposal To Ban Public Officials’ Wearing Hijabs, Kippas

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This file photo shows François Legault, CAQ leader, during a conference at Plaza-Centreville in Montreal on September 28, 2018. – François Legault party leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) wins Quebec elections on October 1st, 2018. (Photo by MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: Huffington Post

Muslims and other religious groups in Quebec are concerned about the new right-wing ruling party’s plans to bar certain public employees from wearing religious clothing on the job.

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), an upstart political party that was sworn into power on Thursday, has promised to propose legislation that prevents teachers, police officers, judges and certain other government employees from wearing religious items such as hijabs, kippas, crucifixes and turbans.

Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the Ottawa-based National Council of Canadian Muslims, told HuffPost that many Muslim public servants are “incredibly worried” about what such a law would mean for them.

“If it went into effect, it would drastically change the ability of many regular Muslim Quebecers to exercise their most basic rights … and to make a living for themselves,” he wrote in an email. “Worse, we know this law won’t only affect Muslims; we’re similarly worried about public servants who wear the turban and kippa too — this law would be an attack on us all.”

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