The Legault government must be more rigorous and demonstrate that the wearing of religious symbols “reaches” the neutrality of the state, according to Quebec Solidaire (QS).
The party denounces the lack of evidence in this debate raging in Quebec. Prime Minister Francois Legault even falsely declared last week to be inspired by Morocco to prohibit the wearing of religious signs to some employees of the state in a position of authority, including teachers. Morocco does not prohibit the wearing of religious symbols to its population.
“We are really in an approach that is very ideological, very dogmatic, in which there really is little room for science, and that’s really a trademark of this government since the beginning”, s insurgent QS spokesperson on secularism, Sol Zanetti, in an interview with Canadian Press released Monday.
“We imagine solutions for problems that are not proven. […] The CAQ plays the sorcerer’s apprentices with the rights of the people, and that’s not correct. ”
According to him, the government must prove that the teachers who wear the veil, for example, “reach” the neutrality of the state. “Do we have proof of that? To my knowledge, we have no evidence and the government is going to take away rights from people without any proof that there is a problem and that it will give anything, “continued the member for Jean -The wise man.
If the government has evidence, let it be made public, he said.
Bill 21 was tabled in the National Assembly on March 28 by Minister of Immigration Simon Jolin-Barrette. It puts the goal of secularism on the state of the law in the respect of individual rights, including religious freedom, guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights. Under the grandfathering principle, affected employees already in office may continue to wear their religious symbols as long as they retain their current position.
At least two major demonstrations took place in Montreal, but several voices were also raised to defend Bill 21. Mr. Legault has already mentioned the possibility of having it adopted under gag orders.
A Léger poll recently suggested that two out of three Quebeckers support the prohibition of religious symbols for state employees in positions of authority.
Quebec Solidaire, which has recently revised its position, is now opposing the bill alongside the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ). It demands that the government take the time to hold a “minimally rigorous” debate, echoing what was said last week by sociologist Gerard Bouchard. “Show us that religion is leading the Quebec state,” said Zanetti.
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In addition, the former professor of philosophy also denotes the absence of evidence in other cases, including the enhancement to 21 years of legal age to consume cannabis and the project to build a third road link in Quebec.
In these two cases, the Legault government is struggling to justify its position. Yet, these are “complex subjects on which we could have evidence,” says Zanetti. “I can not believe it,” he exclaimed.
The case of Bill 21 is all the more serious in that it contains an override clause which, he says, violates fundamental rights. The government can only rely on its “intuition” or on “the very subjective opinion of some chroniclers”.
“We have to have bad good reasons, we need to be able to prove that there is a problem, that it is dysfunctional, that it harms others and in the case of the wearing of religious symbols. This demonstration, it is not done, “he said.
Minister Jolin-Barrette was not immediately available Monday to comment on the file.