Quebec proposes ban on religious symbols

A French–Canadian nationalist party in Quebec proposes a bill to ban public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols in an effort to boost state secularism.

Quebec proposes ban on religious symbols

World Bulletin / News Desk

Government officials in Quebec, Canada began public hearings on a draft law on Tuesday in the state legislature that would forbid government employees from wearing religious symbols and clothes in the work place.

The French-Canadian nationalist Party Québécois’s (PQ), Government Minister Bernard Darinville, who is responsible for the legislature, discussed the pros and cons of representing religious groups at the public hearing in Quebec’s parliament.

The hearing with 250 representatives from non-governmental organizations will last for a couple of weeks.

If the law comes into force, then it would ban Jews from wearing kippahs, Sikhs from wearing turbans, Christians from wearing crucifixes and Muslim women from wearing headscarves in government institutions.

The only religious symbols allowed would be small crosses.

However, passing the bill will require support from other parties in the Quebec parliament.

Already Muslim and Sikh communities in Quebec have reacted against the proposed bill, sparking arguments on state secularism.

The Quebec parliament will broadcast the public hearing live on the Internet in an attempt to reach out to more people.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ocak 2014, 14:59