Quebec City, Canada, Apr 1, 2019 / 15:49 pm
A bill introduced recently in Quebec would forbid future government employees from expressing their faith through religious symbols during office hours.
The bill, called "An act respecting the laicity of the state," was introduced March 28 and is expected to pass.
"The purpose of this bill is to assert the secularity of the state and to specify the requirements that flow from it," said Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec's Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness and the architect of the bill, at a legislative session last week.
The legislation would ban religious symbols for government employees, including Muslim headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes, and crucifixes.