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Canada 'Very likely' Manitoba will seek intervenor status in Quebec Bill 21: Pallister

23:45  12 december  2019
23:45  12 december  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Civil rights groups want to challenge Quebec religious symbols ban in Supreme Court

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In the most likely scenario, the federal Department of Justice would ask a court to grant it intervenor status in an existing case, allowing federal Campaigning in Toronto, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh fielded more questions about his approach to Quebec 's controversial religious symbols law, Bill 21 .

The 2019 Manitoba general election was held on September 10, 2019 to elect the 57 members to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba . The incumbent Progressive Conservatives, led by Premier Brian Pallister , were re-elected to a second majority government with a loss of only two seats.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says it is "very likely" the province will seek intervenor status in Quebec's controversial Bill 21 if the case heads to the Supreme Court of Canada.

"It's very likely but we'll wait and see what our partners are doing as we're trying to co-ordinate efforts in respect of gathering support to oppose this piece of misguided legislation," Pallister said Thursday in a scrum speaking to reporters.

Bill 21 bans public school teachers, government lawyers and police officers, among other civil servants, from wearing religious symbols at work.

On Thursday, Quebec's top court refused to suspend the controversial ban. Pallister expects the case to end up at the Supreme Court.

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He does not support seeking intervenor status before a court challenge reaches the Supreme Court. Trudeau has said there is no support in Quebec for the construction of a Canada-wide oil pipeline, such as the defunct Energy East project.

According to Coalition Inclusion Québec , Bill 21 violates the religious freedom and freedom of expression of Muslim women, which is The first three challenges mentioned above will be heard together in Quebec Superior Court, alongside any other parties who are granted intervenor status .

Brian Pallister wearing a suit and tie: Premier Brian Pallister is continuing his fight against Bill 21. © Provided by cbc.ca Premier Brian Pallister is continuing his fight against Bill 21.

He says it's essential Canadians stand up for the rights of others when they are threatened. His government has already taken out ads in Quebec encouraging civil servants to apply for work in Manitoba.

Manitoba students worst in Canada in math, science: report .
The latest global snapshot of student achievement has scored Manitoba kids dead last in math and science and second last in reading compared to students in all other Canadian provinces. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) compares science, math and reading skills for 15 year olds in nearly 80 countries.Manitoba’s results are worse than they were when the last assessment was done in 2015.They weren’t great then either. The province ranked second last in science and was below the national average in both reading and math in the 2015 report.

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