PRESS RELEASE: CIJA responds to Government of Quebec’s plan to introduce legislation on religious symbols.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

October 4th, 2018

 

Montreal, QC — In response to the incoming government of Quebec’s plan to introduce legislation on religious symbols. CIJA’s Quebec Co-Chair Rabbi Reuben Poupko stated the following:

“The Coalition Avenir Québec has long promised to adopt legislation that would prohibit figures invested with coercive authority and teachers from wearing religious symbols. The CAQ’s position is a departure from the Bouchard-Taylor Commission’s recommendations, which did not include teachers, but is narrower in scope than the Parti Québécois’ Bill 60, which intended to ban religious symbols for all public sector employees.

“We have engaged the CAQ on numerous occasions to express our concerns and reiterate our long-held position that religious neutrality should be imposed on public institutions, not on individuals. We will closely study the forthcoming bill, make our concerns known to the government, and participate in any eventual parliamentary or public commission.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.

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