Members of Legal Academic Community Voice Strong Criticism and Disapproval of Quebec’s Bill 62

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

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117 members of the Canadian legal academic community signed an open letter to Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée on Wednesday to voice their criticism and disapproval of Quebec’s Bill 62: An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for requests for accommodations on religious grounds in certain bodies.

 

Faculty members at 21 Canadian universities signed the letter, calling upon the Quebec Government to “immediately suspend the Act until a court has pronounced upon its constitutionality and practical application.” The group further requests the Government of Quebec to respect the religious freedom and equality rights of niqab-wearing women enshrined in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

The Act prevents women who wear the niqab or face-veil from accessing fundamental public services such as healthcare, education, daycare, and public transportation. The Act has been widely criticized by human rights organizations, advocacy groups, politicians, and the general Canadian populace as contrary to Canadian values and serving no purpose other than promoting malice toward an already stigmatized community.

 

Copy of open letter to Premier Couillard and Justice Minister Vallée

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