Côte Saint-Luc re-iterates opposition to Bill 21

The City of Côte Saint-Luc opposes Bill 21 tabled by the Quebec government and calls on all municipalities to voice their opposition.

“Whether one wears a kippah, a hijab, or a turban, this does not affect one’s ability to provide either unbiased opinions or services in a secular state,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We call upon cities and towns across Quebec to state their opposition to Bill 21 and residents of Quebec to write to the MNAs to express their opposition.”

The City Council of Côte Saint-Luc adopted a unanimous resolution on February 11 in which it argued that the state can be secular without prohibiting the way an individual is dressed as a result of his or her religious beliefs. Côte Saint-Luc adopted this resolution before the tabling of Bill 21 to caution the government that such a bill would face opposition from civil society across Quebec.

The Quebec government tabled An Act respecting the laicity of the State on March 28, 2019. The bill can be viewed at http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-21-42-1.html. The public can also comment on the bill through a link at that web page.

 

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