Hundreds protest against Bill 21 at dual rallies in Montreal

Mon 15 Apr 2019 at 15:23 International
NNA - Montrealers took to the streets to protest Quebec's proposed religious neutrality bill at two separate rallies on Sunday, in Côte Saint-Luc and in downtown Montreal.

If adopted, Bill 21 would prevent public employees, including teachers, police officers and judges, from wearing religious symbols at work.

Several hundred people gathered in front of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre on Cavendish Boulevard Sunday morning for a protest organized by the City of Côte Saint-Luc.

They were joined by a coalition of mayors, city councillors, school board commissioners and representatives from provincial and federal governments.

Anthony Housefather, the Liberal MP for Mount-Royal, said he came to the rally because the proposed law would deny the rights of some of the citizens he represents.

"I have residents that elected me that wear hijab, a kippa, a turban, and their rights would be violated," he said. "They wouldn't be allowed to apply for certain jobs or hold certain jobs in society. It's just not right."--CBC


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