Law on religious neutrality: A poor law with poor guidelinesPublished on May 11 2018
In brief :
- The guidelines of the law on religious neutrality, unveiled yesterday, add to the confusion that has been in place for many years in Quebec and rely on the utmost subjectivity to evaluate the requests.
- Liberals open wide the door of the state to the wearing of burqa and niqab, two symbols of oppression, enslavement of instrumentalization of women.
- We must establish clear guidelines on accommodation and have the courage to declare that the Quebec is a secular state.
Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée unveiled the guidelines of her law on religious neutrality, which have been awaited since its adoption seven months ago. These give way to interpretation, the most total subjectivity when it comes time to determine what distinguishes a “sincere belief” from what is not. Nothing is clear and the Liberal government has made sure to bring more religion into the state, denounced the spokesperson of the Coalition Avenir Québec in matters of secularity, Nathalie Roy.
The member of the national assembly for Montarville also deplored the fact that the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard opens wide the door of the state to the wearing of burqa and niqab, two symbols of oppression, enslavement of instrumentalization of women. Yet before he became prime minister, Philippe Couillard was openly against these garments, recalled Ms. Roy
On Wednesday, Minister Vallée also admitted that each organization could make a different decision, from one respondent to another, for the same request for religious accommodation. This is the festival of subjectivity, launched Nathalie Roy, denouncing this flagrant lack of fairness. A government of the CAQ will cancel law 62 of the Liberal government, and replace it with a law that will decree the Quebec state as secular.
“The magic words for religious accommodation will now be” sincere belief “. The Liberal government promised us clear examples of what is allowed and what is not, and it’s the exact opposite. With the liberals, it’s the festival of subjectivity!”
– Nathalie Roy
MNA for Montarville, spokesperson for the CAQ in matters of secularism.