As reported by media, Bill 21 would ban certain public-sector workers — including teachers, judges, Crown prosecutors, police and prison guards — in Quebec from wearing religious symbols such as niqabs, hijabs and turbans.
The Quebec provincial legislature passed the bill late on Sunday in a 73-35 vote.
If employers do not enforce the ban, they will face unspecified “disciplinary measures”.
The legislation includes wording that preemptively invokes Section 33 of the Canadian Constitution. As a consequence, no citizen will be able to challenge the bill on grounds it violates fundamental freedoms granted by law.
[Source: New York Times]
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