Bilefsky, D. (2019, June 17). Quebec Bans Religious Symbols in Some Public Sector Jobs. The New York Times.
Quebec passed a Bill which prevents public employees from wearing religious symbols in the workplace. The premier of Quebec, Francois Legault, argues that the purpose of the Bill is to ensure separation of religion and state. Proponents further note that it will preserve liberal values. However, opponents of the Bill argue that it will marginalize religious-minority groups, contributing to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The government also highlighted that the Bill does not apply to current public employees as long as they maintain their current position. Organizations, such as NCCM, are protesting against the Bill and are planning to challenge it in court; however, the government invoked a notwithstanding clause making it difficult to challenge.
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