Sec­u­lar­ism bill tar­gets mi­nori­ties: Mon­treal mayor

The Sudbury Star - - CANADA -

The mayor of Que­bec’s largest city says the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s sec­u­lar­ism bill is caus­ing ten­sion in so­ci­ety.

Mon­treal Mayor Va­lerie Plante told a leg­is­la­ture committee Tues­day that the city sup­ports the govern­ment’s de­sire to en­shrine into law the sec­u­lar na­ture of the state. But she says Mon­treal has many prob­lems with the govern­ment’s ap­proach.

The Coali­tion Avenir Que­bec govern­ment’s Bill 21 would pro­hibit pub­lic sec­tor work­ers in po­si­tions of au­thor­ity, in­clud­ing teach­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers, from wear­ing re­li­gious sym­bols on the job.

Plante says the law tar­gets mi­nori­ties and af­fects women more than it does men.

She adds that cit­i­zens feel pow­er­less, be­cause the govern­ment is in­vok­ing a clause in the Con­sti­tu­tion that would block peo­ple from chal­leng­ing the law the over rights vi­o­la­tions.

Ear­lier on Tues­day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Que­bec’s English-lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor told re­porters Bill 21 is di­vi­sive, un­nec­es­sary and a vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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