Quebec’s secularism law will stand, says judge

The Canadian Politician – There has been a major setback for civil rights and religious groups urging the suspension of Quebec’s secularism law. Rights groups had prayed the court to stay the aspect of the law known as Bill 21 that prohibits public workers from wearing religious articles while on the job. The Quebec judge noted that there is not enough evidence to suggest that religious minorities are being harmed by the law. The judge ruled that the law will stand as it is pending the conclusion of a court case on its validity. Additionally, since Bill 21 invoked the notwithstanding clause in the Canadian Constitution, it supersedes individual rights as outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The wider court challenge is expected to take several years to decide.

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