"Kirpan kid" says Charter may drive him out of Quebec
He made the news back in 2002 when he took the Commission Marguerite-Bourgeoys to court over his right to wear a kirpan to school.
Now the proposed Charter of Values is making him think twice staying in Quebec.
After 11 years, Gurbaj Multani says he didn't think his kirpan or his turban would make any waves now, certainly not after his victory before the Supreme Court of Canada over his right to wear his ceremonial dagger to school. But Multani, now 23, said moving out of Quebec may have to be an option if the proposed Charter of Values becomes law preventing him from working in the public sector.
"God forbid a Charter like this is approved in Quebec, then I have to consider, 'You know, you can't work here, you can't work there, I shouldn't even think of applying, I step inside the door, they tell me, 'Get out,' right?" Multani told Dave Fisher on the Andrew Carter Morning Show.
"Those things I would have to keep in mind."
But these are all if's, so for now he'll wait to see what happens with the Charter.
"I didn't leave then, why would I just leave like that right now?" Multani said.
Multani said he'd stay in Quebec if he got a private sector job or opened his own business, but added he is worried some in the private sector may follow the Quebec government's lead if the Charter is adopted.
Multani said the Charter is disappointing and makes him uneasy.
"I wouldn't go up to anyone and tell them, 'Remove this, I'm Sikh and you can't wear that.' "