I thought there already was a thread discussing this in Quebec, but I was unable to find it.
Justin Trudeau became the first prominent federal politician to oppose Quebec's controversial plan to ban religious headwear for public employees.
The Liberal leader castigated the idea and said the Parti Québécois government would damage Quebec's reputation if it proceeded with such a policy.
A media report this week published leaked details of the controversial PQ proposal — saying it would prohibit people like doctors, teachers and public-daycare workers from donning turbans, kippas, hijabs and visible crucifixes.
After his meeting with Marois, Trudeau said they agreed to disagree. The Liberal leader said the plan was motivated by a defensive "fear of the other" and unworthy of modern Quebec.
"Like we saw with the (recent) soccer turban ban, people laughed at Quebecers," said Trudeau, a Quebec MP.
"And I don't think it's who we are and I don't think it honours us to have a government that does not represent our generosity and openness of spirit as a people."
The Prime Minister's Office, for its part, said: "It's a debate that will occur at the provincial level," while Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney tweeted late Wednesday that "freedom of religion is a universal principle."
The previous day NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, whose party has nearly five-dozen seats in Quebec, sidestepped the issue by calling the leaked report a "trial balloon."
Obviously, this is an offensive idea and will greatly affect the lives of some public workers if it is implemented. How would they even enforce it?? If a daycare worker is wearing a hijab, are you they going to fire her or fine her, etc.??
I am also wondering how Trudeau's statements play in Quebec? Will it help him or hurt him - and/or affect whether this ever gets passed? Similarly, why would Mulcair refuse to comment?