Canadas Quebec bans religious symbols in some public sector jobs

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Canadas Quebec bans religious symbols in some public sector jobs Critics denounce politics of fear as Quebec province bans some govt employees from wearing religious symbols at work. s Quebec province has passed a banning some public sector employees from wearing religious symbols during work hours, prompting an outcry from civil liberties and Muslim groups. The long expected legislation, Bill 21, which was passed by 73 to 35 in the predominantly French speaking province on Sunday, affects public workers in positions of authority, including teachers, judges and police officers, but it exempts current government employees and civil servants. If employers do not enforce the ban, they will face unspecified “disciplinary measures”.  For school teachers, local media reported that only those hired after March 28 will not be allowed to wear religious symbols. However, if a teacher hired before March 28 wishes to be promoted, he or she would not be allowed to wear any religious symbols.   Governments in Quebec have been trying for years to restrict civil servants from wearing overt religious symbols at work in an effort to cement a secular society.  Simon Jolin Barrette, Quebecs immigration minister, argued in a statement on Monday that “it is legitimate for the Quebec nation to decide in which form secularism applies in its territory and in its institutions”. It was not clear how the ban would be enforced. “Will there be police officers going after people to check if they have religious signs? We dont know. Its not clear,” said Sol Zanetti, a member of the National Assembly. The move of the provinces centre right Coalition Avenir Quebec government comes in conflict with the position of Canadas President Justin Trudeau, who promotes religious freedom.  Civil liberties and Muslim groups on Monday vowed to challenge the new law, arguing it triggered the “politics of fear”. “We will be filing a challenge to the law,” said Mustafa Farooq, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “I think Bill 21 is a law that will do irreparable harm to communities in Quebec,” Farooq said.  “This creates a second class citizenship,” he said, adding that the group would seek a court injunction to block the law that he called “a recipe for the politics of fear”. The Muslim Association of Canada also denounced the law, saying Muslim women would be “unjustly targeted” and that it would give “further rise to Islamophobia”. SOURCE: News agencies Pick your team and answer as many correct questions in three minutes. Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen. No, it wasnt because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that. © 2018 Al Jazeera Media Network We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. about how we use cookies. By clicking Accept you agree to these cookies. To decline click here.

 

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