Legault government trying to adopt secularism bill ahead of summer break
MONTREAL — The Coalition Avenir Quebec government is running out of time and into a battle over what constitutes a religious symbol as it pushes to adopt the secularism bill promised in last fall's election campaign. Premier Francois Legault and his cabinet have stated they want the bill banning many public sector workers from wearing religious symbols passed before the legislature's scheduled summer break this Friday. But the premier Wednesday
QUEBEC — The Quebec government has passed a contentious immigration bill in an early-morning vote of 62 to 42.
The legislation gives the province's immigration minister more authority over who receives permanent residency in the province.
It also allows the government to cancel roughly 18,000 immigration applications — some from people who have waited in limbo for years as their files languished under the old system — meaning those applicants will have to start the process over again.
Quebec government to invoke closure on controversial secularism, immigration bills
MONTREAL — The Quebec government will invoke closure in order to force through controversial bills on secularism and immigration that it says must be adopted before the summer break. That means the legislature will sit exceptionally over the weekend to debate the government's proposed secularism bill, known as Bill 21, and Bill 9 on immigration reform. By invoking closure, the Coalition Avenir Quebec government will curtail debate and use its
Including the applicants' families, the fates of some 50,000 people wishing to emigrate to Quebec were at stake.
Critics say the Coalition Avenir Quebec government has provided "no credible explanation" to eliminate the applications, but Premier Francois Legault said yesterday that Bill 9 is needed to better meet the needs of Quebec's labour market.
Before breaking for the summer, the legislature is slated to continue sitting today to debate Bill 21, controversial secularism legislation that would ban public servants including teachers, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards from wearing religious symbols on the job.
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Groups launch challenge of Quebec's secularism bill one day after it becomes law.
MONTREAL — A national Muslim organization is joining civil liberties advocates to launch a court challenge of Quebec's secularism law less than 24 hours after the legislation was adopted.