Today the Quebec government unveiled its plan to ban public servants from wearing religious symbols to work. The first three images indicate “non-ostentatious” religious symbols that may be worn by public service employees, while the bottom five depict “ostentatious” symbols that would be banned.
The proposals by the Quebec government of Premier Pauline Marois would prohibit the wearing of “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols by government employees — from judges down to day-care workers.
From Canada’s Federal Employment Minister, Jason Kenney: “At the federal level, we believe our job is to make all people who live in this country — regardless of their religious, ethnic, cultural background — feel welcome, feel part of our country, feel like this is a land of equality of opportunity … We are very concerned by any proposal that would limit the ability of Canadians to participate in our society and that would affect the practice of their faith … And we are very concerned by any proposal that would discriminate unfairly against people based on their religion, based on their deepest convictions.”
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have also spoken out against Quebec’s proposed laws.