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  1. CBC – François Legault would invoke notwithstanding clause to ban hijabs from civil service

    […]François Legault would also move swiftly to reduce the number of immigrants allowed into the province by 20 per cent.

    He made the comments Tuesday, at his first news conference since his Coalition Avenir Québec won a decisive majority in Monday’s provincial election, beating out the incumbent Liberals.

    […]But when asked by reporters about the notwithstanding clause and his immigration policy, he didn’t back down.

    “I think that the vast majority of Quebecers, they would like to have a framework where people in an authority position must not wear a religious sign,” Legault said.

    […]The right-of-centre party, which has never before held power in Quebec, opposes the wearing of religious symbols, including the hijab, by police officers and others who wield coercive state power.

    Teachers would be affected

    Legault said Tuesday he would offer those affected, including teachers, “jobs in offices for people who want to keep wearing a religious sign.”

    His pledges to ensure the religious neutrality is one of several significant changes Quebecers can expect under a CAQ government.

    Legault also vowed to move forward on his vow to reduce the number of immigrants, saying more needs to be done to ensure they are integrated and learn French.

    During the election campaign, Legault struggled to explain how his policy would be implemented, given that the province only controls the number of economic immigrants it takes in, while the federal government controls the number of refugees and the family reunification program.



    Incoming Que. premier ready to force ban on hijabs for teachers, police

    […]Shaheen Ashraf of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women said she was concerned by Legault’s plan, calling it a human rights issue.

    “If a person like me wants to be a policewoman, or wants to be a teacher or wants to be in the public service or in politics, I can’t?” she said.

    The premier-designate also plans to reduce Quebec’s immigrant intake by 20 per cent, and kick out newcomers who cannot pass tests on Quebec values and the French language after spending three years in the province.


    Trudeau wants Legault to think carefully before invoking notwithstanding clause

    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants Quebec premier-designate Francois Legault to think carefully before using the notwithstanding clause to prevent Quebecers in positions of authority — such as police officers and teachers — from wearing religious symbols at work.

    The day after winning Monday’s election, Legault vowed to use the powerful constitutional clause if necessary to uphold a proposal to prohibit some state employees from wearing religious symbols, including garments like the Jewish kippa and Muslim hijab.

    Legault insisted the proposed ban is important enough to invoke the Constitution’s nortwithstanding clause, which would override the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    But Trudeau said Wednesday that the clause should be reserved for “exceptional circumstances” and only deployed after lots of deep reflection about the consequences.

    “It’s not something that should be done lightly because to remove or avoid defending the fundamental rights of Canadians, I think it’s something with which you have to pay careful attention,” Trudeau said.

    “As you know very well, I’m not of the opinion that the state should be able to tell a woman what she can wear, nor what she cannot wear. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is there to protect our rights and our freedom.”

    Legault’s centre-right Coalition Avenir Quebec won a convincing majority mandate in the provincial election after promising to carve out more autonomy for the province.

    His rise to power appears destined to create fresh conflicts between Quebec and Ottawa.

    In reaffirming his position Tuesday, Legault said he believes most Quebecers want to have a framework in place to prevent people in authority positions from wearing religious symbols.

    “If we have to use the notwithstanding clause to apply what the majority of Quebecers want, we will do so,” he said.


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