The Canadian province of Quebec will restrict public sector representatives from wearing religious symbols amid work hours, in legislation presented on Thursday, a questionable move that pundits state targets Muslim ladies who wear hijabs or other head covers.
The proposed law sets the region’s right inclining Coalition Avenir Qubec (CAQ) government on an impact course with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who advances religious freedom, in a bureaucratic decision year with Quebec an essential battleground.
“It is unthinkable to me that in a free society we would legitimise discrimination against citizens based on their religion,” Trudeau told reporters in Halifax on Thursday.
The legislation, which is relied upon to pass, will cover public workers in places of power, including instructors, judges and cops. It exempts current government workers and government employees in the for the most part French-talking territory.
Governments in Quebec have been striving for a considerable length of time to limit government workers from wearing unmistakable religious symbols like headscarves and Jewish skullcaps at work with an end goal to solidify a secular society.
A restriction on full-face covers on anybody giving or getting public administrations in Quebec passed in 2017, yet was suspended by a Canadian judge last June and stays in legitimate limbo.
The CAQ was elected late last year in part on pledges to restrict immigration and impose a secular charter.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault told reporters on Thursday the bill “represents our values and it’s important.”
But condemnation was quick, with Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith calling the bill “an assault on the fundamental rights and freedoms of Quebecers,” while the National Council of Canadians Muslims said it will make Muslims and other minorities “second-class citizens” and overwhelmingly impact Muslim women.
Like France, which passed a restriction on burqa, crosses and different religious images in schools in 2004, Quebec has attempted to accommodate its secular character with a developing Muslim populace, a significant number of them North African travelers.
While the Quebec legislation does not single out any religion by name, Muslim headwear has for quite some time been a wellspring of open discussion in Quebec.
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