Sikh teacher moves to B.C. over Quebec law banning religious symbols in public-sector jobs

Source: CBC News

Amrit Kaur says she was forced to leave Quebec to teach school

Amrit Kaur, teacher and vice-president of the Quebec chapter of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, says she moved to B.C. because of Quebec’s law banning religious symbols in certain public-sector jobs. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

Amrit Kaur, who recently graduated to become a teacher, has moved across the country from her Montreal-area home to B.C. so she can work while wearing her turban, after the Quebec government passed a law banning religious symbols for some public-sector employees.

“I have a new job as a high school teacher which I’m very excited about,” said Kaur, 28, who recently arrived in Surrey, B.C. “It’s unfortunate that I had to leave my home province to pursue my career.”

Kaur is a member of the Sikh faith and believes the law, formerly known as Bill 21, violates her human rights.

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2 replies

  1. It is very unfortunate to see how this barbaric law impacts people’s lives. Some have to move out of the province, some have to leave their jobs, others suffer from depression caused by their harsh realities in face of Bill 21. This must stop. This must change. Quebec is loosing invaluable professional workers who have given their time, their energy, spent their entire lives in this province. People even learn the language to integrate. Why must they change themselves to fit in now?

  2. I believe that every human has a right to religion in Canada and the fact that Quebec’s laws state that teachers can’t wear religious totems such as a scarf and turban utterly disappoints me.
    I pray that these government changes their laws so everyone has freedom.

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