Values charter to include phased-in restrictions
The much anticipated Charter of Values will be tabled in the National Assembly tomorrow, and already it appears that it will be be somewhat altered from what was described in an earlier leaked version.
This morning's Globe and Mail reports that the government will phase in restrictions for workers in hospitals, municipalities and post secondary institutions over a five-year period.
But primary and secondary school teachers and daycare workers will not be exempt.
A government official says they want to show " flexibility"but do not want younger children exposed to religious symbols.
The charter will ban government employees including civil servants, police officers and prison guards from wearing religious symbols such as turbans and veils on the job.
However the government will allow workers to wear small ornaments such as earrings and pendants bearing a cross, star or crescent , as long as they are discreet.