Quebec government pushes ahead with religious symbols bill as opponents fight back

Source: The Globe and Mail

Quebec Premier Francois Legault responds to the Opposition during question period on Feb. 5, 2019, at the legislature in Quebec City.

JACQUES BOISSINOT/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Quebec government is facing pushback from teachers and its own human-rights commission as it prepares to table legislation barring authority figures in the public service from wearing Muslim headscarves and other signs of religious observance.

The government of Premier François Legault is expected to introduce its so-called secularism bill as early as Thursday, capping more than a decade of churning debate over religious accommodation in Quebec. But if the government hoped its move would end the controversy, there are signs it is just heating up.

On Tuesday, one of the province’s largest teachers’ federations went to court to prevent the government from doing a headcount of teachers who wear religious symbols in the classroom. The group says such a census infringes on teachers’ fundamental rights.

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