Hearings on charter of values begin in Quebec City today

Public hearings on legislation aimed at cracking down on state employees who wear religious symbols will start in Quebec City later today.

Bill 60 would force public-sector employees to take off their headscarves, kippas, turbans and larger-than-average crucifixes if they want to keep their jobs.

Individuals and groups have presented briefs and will be given an opportunity to express their positions on the subject.

The Quebec government argues the charter would shield the province from what it describes as increasing fundamentalism and says it would provide protection against gender discrimination.

Polls have suggested the Parti Quebecois proposal is relatively popular in the province, but opposition to Bill 60 has been vocal.

The hearings start just a day after Canada's freshly appointed cardinal, Quebec Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, warned that the values charter is making Quebecers increasingly afraid of each other.

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  1. derreck posted on 01/14/2014 07:02 AM
    Everyone is thinking it, but nobody wants to say it.

    When will these idiots be thrown from office?
  2. Karla Liebrandt posted on 01/14/2014 07:51 AM
    Good news: HURRY! HURRY! HURRY! The circus is in town! Bad news: We, as taxpayers, are paying for this nonsense while the province is literally falling apart!
  3. joeN posted on 01/14/2014 08:10 AM
    Imagine what the PQ can do if they achieve majority status by means of this racist charter!
  4. steven posted on 01/14/2014 11:22 AM
    Let the side side show begin . How much is this going to cost ?
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