The provincial government of Quebec is reportedly moving forward on legislation that would ban the wearing of some religious apparel by public employees.
Quebec’s separatist, secular-minded government plans to move forward with a controversial bill that would ban religious headgear for public employees.
The Parti Quebecois neither confirmed nor denied details of an Aug. 20 report in the daily newspaper Journal de Montreal that leaked parts of the so-called Charter of Quebec Values, which the government had promised to introduce this fall.
The report said the measure would prohibit doctors, nurses, police officers, civil servants, public school teachers and public day care workers from wearing hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and visible crucifixes or crosses.
Past polls have indicated most Quebecers do not want public workers wearing religious symbols.
Of course, religious groups have opposed the proposal and some individuals have threatened to move out of Quebec if it is passed.
I was not aware that the Quebec government had such a strong secular bent.