The quebec Law on the secularity of the State, Pretty-Module, has been adopted by the national Assembly on June 16, 2019. It is being challenged in the courts especially to the prohibition of wearing religious symbols imposed on the employees of the State in a position of authority, including teachers.
December 13, 2019
Updated on December 14, 2019 to 0h06
Law 21: the gift of Christmas before the time for Jolin-Barrette
Two weeks before the time, Simon Jolin-Barrette has received its first gift of Christmas. The refusal of the Quebec Court of appeal to suspend the Act 21 on the secularity of the State, on Thursday, turns out to be a beautiful way to end an eventful year for the quebec minister of Immigration.
“We are pleased with the decision” attests to the Sun Mr. Jolin-Barrette, on Friday morning. “However, this is not finished. The law remains in dispute on the merits of the case and the government will defend until the end its law to ensure that it applies and that it remains,” says the minister, always pragmatic.
There is still a temporary suspension of the act would have constituted a very disagreeable thorn in the side of the government of the Coalition avenir Québec to complete in 2019 and begin 2020.
The minister analyzes the decision in detail. “The court of appeal recognized two things : when the legislature enacts a law, there is a presumption of validity, and one must respect the choice of the legislature. Second thing, the court has recognized that the choice of company are through the people the elected representatives of the people of québec and respect the power of the parliament. In particular, by the use of the notwithstanding clause, a societal choice that has been made by the elected representatives of the quebec nation”.
Mr. Jolin-Barrette is excited to see “the Court of appeal to validate the power of the national Assembly to adopt such a law, a law that Quebeckers want, and they want the government to defend. The secularism of the State, it is a thing that dragged for 10 years, and that was important to adjust. What we have done”.
The quebec Law on the secularity of the State was adopted by the national Assembly on June 16, 2019. It is being challenged in the courts especially to the prohibition of wearing religious symbols for State employees in a position of authority, including teachers.