Edmonton opposes the Quebec Bill 21, supporting a legal challenge
Article by Jeff LabinePublished: 22 October 2019 2-minute readingCommission members proposed river valley space at City Hall meeting at committee meeting where the City of Edmonton expressed its support in principle for the legal challenge to freedom of discrimination proposed in the Quebec Bill of 21 October 2019. religion of religion. Photo: Shaughn Butts / Postmedia Shaughn Butts / PostmediaArticle Sidebar Share CloseShare the story: Edmonton opposes Quebec Bill 21, supports legal challenge Copy link Email Facebook Twitter Reddit Pinterest LinkedIn TumblrTrendingArticle Content
At its meeting on Tuesday, the city council made its position crystal clear in support of, in principle, the legal challenge to Bill 21 of Quebec, although many acknowledged that the gesture would be primarily symbolic.
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Many things are legal (but that doesn't mean they're good, he said). As an indigenous people, I am certainly influenced by my family and they understand the (impact) that discriminatory law can have. When something like this is said in a city like Edmonton, it may have absolutely no effect on the law, but it does affect how people think about these things.
Following the adoption of the Quebec Act in June, some civil servants are prohibited from wearing religious symbols such as the hijab, turban, kippah and godfather. These include judges, police, prosecutors and teachers.
I really think, unfortunately, in recent years, people have been licensed to discriminate, he said. I think (President Donald Trump) has a lot to do with this. Intolerance flies over Canadian values. In principle, we offer support for the legal challenge. People can say a lot about what this will do for the legal challenge? Maybe a little more wind behind it. More importantly, we are sending a signal to our people in Edmonton that we are not standing up for the legislation that we saw coming out of Quebec.
These are the key issues of our time about justice and inclusion and about rights and freedoms, and not just about tolerance, but about the true acceptance of diversity, Iveson said. They are not symbolic, they are truly constitutional.
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