MONTREAL—Elected officers at Montreal’s metropolis corridor are talking with one voice in opposition to Quebec’s proposed secularism invoice.
Mayor Valerie Plante and opposition chief Lionel Perez introduced a bipartisan declaration at this time saying Montreal practises open secularism and its bylaws are impartial, whatever the non secular convictions of those that make them.
Plante advised a information convention the historical past of Montreal has been marked by waves of immigration that proceed to form town. She stated town is open and inclusive and has taken nice delight in constructing this fame.
Perez added that the joint message sends a sign to the provincial authorities that Bill 21 doesn’t replicate Montreal and Quebec values.
Invoice 21 would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — together with academics, law enforcement officials, Crown prosecutors and jail guards — from sporting non secular symbols on the job. A grandfather clause protects individuals already employed in these positions.