Quebec’s religious symbols law passes 1st legal test as judge refuses injunction

Source: CBC

 Civil Liberties Association, National Council of Muslims sought injunction hours after law passed in June

A Quebec Superior Court justice has rejected a request to temporarily suspend parts of the province’s new religious symbols law, though he did agree it raises “serious” constitutional questions.

Justice Michel Yergeau said Thursday the court must defer, at this stage, to the power of elected politicians to pass legislation they believe is in the public good.

The law, which was passed by the Coalition Avenir Québec government last month, seeks to affirm laicity, or secularism, within the province’s civil service.

More controversially, it bans public teachers, police officers, government lawyers and other authority figures from wearing religious symbols at work. It also requires public services to be given without face coverings such as the niqab.

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