Even though there has been a massive public outcry, not only in Quebec but also nationally - and even with the English Montreal School Board, one of the largest teacher's union in Quebec, ready to file a legal challenge against it and who just yesterday announced they will not adhere to the ban, Premier of Francois Legault and his CAQ government have tabled Bill 21 today that would ban numerous provinces workers from wearing religious symbols.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims criticized Bill 21, calling it a "discriminatory legislation". Currently, there are no Montreal police officers who wear religious symbols targeted by the bill. The proposed ban has even made global headlines, but that seems to have no influence on the Quebec government who has fatuously promised to use the Notwithstanding Clause to stop any legal challenges to Bill 21.
What is important is ensuring the process of making laws is secular, not that people divest themselves of religious attire and symbols, says the Montreal mayor.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault promised to deliver a religious symbols ban in the run-up to last fall's provincial election.
The legislation, which is expected to pass, will cover public workers in positions of authority, including teachers, judges and police officers.
Bill 21 has other critics, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Groups defending the rights of minorities and women came together Friday to denounce Quebec's new legislation restricting the wearing of religious symbols.
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This is the fourth time that Quebec has seen the introduction of a bill banning religious garb or symbols, with this being the broadest proposal to date.
"Some people will find that we are going too far, others not enough, and we are convinced that we have struck the right balance", Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette told a press conference. "It's not something I wear just inside", she said. Current teachers, according to the bill, can keep their symbols "as long as they exercise the same function within the same school board".
However, because of the use of the notwithstanding clause, he sees no obvious avenues to challenge the law in the courts.
In October 2017, Quebec's previous Liberal government passed a bill banning face coverings for those receiving public services.
"I remember how I felt when I was younger, when I felt I wasn't welcome", Singh told reporters in Ottawa.
Idil Issa, vice-president of the Fondation Parole de femmes, which represents women from visible minorities, said Muslim women wearing the hijab will bear the brunt of the law's impact. She says she would never allow her religious beliefs to affect her teaching, any more than she would consider removing the turban that never leaves her body.