Sikh teacher moves from Quebec to B.C. after the implementation of Bill 21

Sikh teacher moves from Quebec to B.C. after the implementation of Bill 21 A Quebec woman forced to move to law in BC tells Merella Fernandez how this decision has affected her life.

TORONTO - A Siki teacher who had previously worked in Quebec has moved to British Columbia to pursue his career, after implementing Bill 21, meaning he could not teach while wearing a turban.

Quebec Bill 21, commonly known as the Secularism Bill, prohibits civil servants, such as teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols while at work.

"Because of this bill, I had to leave home," Amrit Kaur told CTV News on Thursday. "I am treated as a second class simply because I have faith and I like to express my faith through visual exterior manifestations."

Kaur said practicing his religion was his "human right" as he wished, but because of his religion, he was considered "not Quebecois, not Canadian" and moved to B.C. so that he will not be persecuted.

Bill 21 was accepted the same day that Kaur finished, making the day a bitter-sweet affair.

"I celebrated this morning with family and friends, and when I got home and uploaded pictures to social media, I saw the bill was accepted," she said. "This was the first time I was seriously thinking about having a place in Quebec."

Kaur said if the bill is invalidated, he will "definitely" go back to Quebec because it is his home and "part of his identity".

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has said he is the only candidate to challenge the bill in court if he is re-elected leader.

B.Ed. Student Amrit Kaur poses for a portrait at the Vaudreuil-Dorion School in Queens on Friday, October 5, 2018. Advocacy organizations and citizens condemn the secular law proposed by the Quebec government, saying it would turn religious minorities into second-class citizens. (CANADA PRESS / Graham Hughes)

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