OTTAWA — Jean Chretien says Quebec’s political class is “trapped” in a pointless debate over a non-existent problem: how to accommodate religious minorities. And the former prime minister predicts the furor over whether public servants should be banned from wearing religious symbols will eventually fade away as common sense prevails. Last week, the Liberals suffered a stunning defeat by the upstart Coalition Avenir Quebec, which promises to ban public servants in positions of authority — including teachers, judges, police officers and prison guards — from wearing religious symbols. Premier-elect Francois Legault has threatened to use the Constitution’s controversial notwithstanding clause, if necessary, to override the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and enforce the ban. Chretien said he’s sure the Ford government “was very relieved” when the ruling was overturned on appeal, making use of the notwithstanding clause unnecessary.
Source: National Post October 08, 2018 16:52 UTC