Monday, September 23, 2013

Ontario Legislature Rejects Quebec Limits On Religious Dress

As previously reported, last month Quebec's ruling Party Quebecois announced it would introduce a Charter of Quebec Values which, among other things, will ban public employees from wearing religious head coverings or visible crucifixes in the workplace. Last Thursday, as reported by JTA, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario unanimously passed a resolution (full text at pg. 3) disagreeing with Quebec's move.  The resolution provides:
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should oppose any legislation that would restrict or prohibit people's freedom of expression and religion in public places and affirm that Ontario greatly values our diverse population and the social, cultural and economic contributions they make to help our society thrive.