January 28, 2022

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Bill 21: The mayor of Montreal calls on his colleagues in Canada to order

Bill 21: The mayor of Montreal calls on his colleagues in Canada to order

Mayor Plante wrote the matter in response in Thursday through his press secretary Cities and provinces in the country have the right to disagree with the law elsewhere.

However, we are uncomfortable with the fact that other Canadian cities are raising funds to oppose legislation coming under the jurisdiction of the Quebec government.

A quote from Valerie Plante, Mayor of Montreal

Montreal Mayor Patrick Brown represents the protest movement started by the Mayor of Brampton in Ontario. We have to fight till the end on the 21st Bill till the Supreme CourtMayor Brown wrote on Twitter.

A growing number of municipalities are now mobilizing to help financially – with a one-time contribution of $ 100,000 – to groups seeking to challenge Bill 21 in court.

Toronto Mayor John Tory introduced a resolution to this effect, which was unanimously approved by the City Council.

Wrote on Twitter Torontonians and Canadians cannot sit back and look at legislation that reduces the protection and respect for religious and other fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Human Rights..

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman submitted a similar proposal, which will be considered by the Winnipeg Policy Executive Committee in January.

I oppose this law, Mayor Bowman wrote on Twitter and I hope other cities join the protest movement.

First lady Elected mayor From Calgary, Jyoti Gondek also wants his city to support this protest movement. We are united in protecting ethnic groups from discrimination, She wrote on Twitter.

The Concerns From Montreal

In her message on Thursday, Mayor Plante recalled her announcement to a parliamentary committee Questions and concerns related to Bill 21 application, On behalf of the entire Municipal Council.

However, the mayor adds, The bill is now the law of the Quebec government, to which the city of Montreal is committed.

Regarding the city of Montreal, She writes again, Although we also have concerns about issues falling under other provinces, such as the maintenance of guns or pipelines, we do not use public money to challenge laws brought in by other Canadian provinces.

Longueil Mayor Catherine Fournier also said Uncomfortable To see his comrades from other Canadian provinces Take such a frontal position against a law legally passed by the National Assembly and, worse, financially support the challenge of such a law.

City of Longueil, Ms. Fournier continues, never supporting these challenges.

Chelsea controversy

The law, passed by the National Assembly of Quebec in 2019, prohibits certain state employees in positions of authority, including teachers in government primary and secondary schools, from displaying religious symbols while performing their duties.

The debate over the law escalated after a teacher in Chelsea, Autouis She withdrew from the classroom And was assigned to other duties because she wore the hijab.

Quebec Premier Franకోois Legalt, who faced controversy over the withdrawal Said The school board should never appoint this person.

We have chosen secularism in Quebec and we have passed Bill 21 in the appropriate form, Mr. Legault, said last Friday.

Discussion in Commons

Ahead of the holiday season, state secularism law led to talks between Black Quebecos and the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau on Thursday.

Black MP Alain Therian once again demanded from the government his commitment not to challenge Law 21 in court.

But while reiterating its opposition to the law, the government continues to evade its intentions. We agree with the Cubans who defend their rights in court, Deputy Prime Minister Christiana Freeland replied, Because they also see this law as unfair.

In the eyes of Federal Agriculture Minister Mary-Claude Bibue, The debate takes place in Quebec and we must respect that.

Recognizing that Awareness on both sides Is Very difficult, Is Mrs. Bibeau Suggested For people living outside Quebec Let this discussion take place in Quebec.

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