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Majority of Canadians Against Religious Symbols Law

A new poll shows a majority of Canadians living outside Quebec do not approve of the province’s religious symbols law.

“The majority of Canadians disapprove of the Quebec government introducing a law that prevents provincial employees from wearing religious symbols,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research. “But in Quebec, majority approves.”

While 59 per cent of Canadians disapprove, a total of 41 per cent in the same category (four in 10) approve of the law with a quarter of that group (26 per cent) saying they strongly approve.

The Forum Research survey included 1,733 people and was conducted July 26-28.

The law bans most public service workers, including teachers, nurses and police, from wearing religious symbols such as hijabs, turbans, crosses and kippahs while on the job. Bill 21 only applies to new employees, not existing employees. The idea is to separate religion from state.

The rules apply to new hires. Existing employees can keep their symbols.

he National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Civil Liberties Association moved to appeal the decision, asking for the law to be temporarily suspended until a higher court considers a challenge to the law.

While  a representative of the World Sikh Organization in Quebec, is a recent graduate teacher and she is looking for a job outside of Quebec due to the law.

The law could be changed based on court challenges.

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