MONTREAL, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Federation CJA and the Centre for
Israel and Jewish Affairs-Quebec (CIJA-Quebec) filed a brief today on
behalf of the organized Jewish community of Quebec regarding Bill 60,
with the aim of participating in the public consultations slated to
begin on January 14th.
Federation CJA and CIJA-Quebec are convinced that Bill 60 is a bad
solution to a non-existent problem. While no empirical studies have
been used to demonstrate a decline in the secularism or religious
neutrality of the state, the Government is proposing serious
restrictions to fundamental freedoms by banning the wearing of
religious symbols in the public and para-public service, and possibly
even in the private sector.
These provisions clearly violate the fundamental freedom of religion
protected by the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Federation CJA and CIJA-Quebec call for the withdrawal of Bill 60, which
proposes to replace the successful Quebec model of secularism in effect
since the Quiet Revolution with a new and discriminatory
framework. This framework marginalizes individuals of minority faiths
by undermining the principle of state religious neutrality.
SOURCE: Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs
For further information:
Associate Director, Public Affairs (Québec)
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs