Religious signs: possible rights acquired for teachers

Signes religieux: possible droit acquis pour les enseignants

The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) wants to be open and demonstrate its goodwill in the issue of religious signs. The future government of François Legault, could lead to the teacher wearing a religious sign of the store if they are already in employment.

A formula of “vested right” could apply, was suggested Tuesday the deputy caquiste Simon Jolin-Barrette, one of the two co-spokesperson of the CAQ during the period of transition at the top of the State. Ban the wearing of religious symbols may, therefore, apply only to teachers hired after the adoption of the act to come.

Tipped to take the post of minister of Justice, the elected Borduas stated that his government will work and will discuss with the opposition parties in this folder. This sudden opening may even extend beyond the teachers.

So far, the CAQ had always refused any idea of “entitlement”. “Our position has always been to ensure that persons in a position of authority, and the teachers did not wear religious signs. But, certainly, we want to work with the opposition parties, and we want to ensure that we can finally move on to something else, because it is important to adopt a law that will spend the secularity of the State.”

At least two opposition parties on three, Québec solidaire and the Parti québécois, want the application of a formula of acquired right for the people not in power of “coercion” — the judges, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards, but for the ones that, more simply, in a position of”authority” — those working with children and adolescents.

Council of the judiciary

Simon Jolin-Barrette also acknowledged that the application of the prohibition of the wearing of religious symbols will not be the same in the courts than in the police, Crown prosecutors and prison guards because of the”independence” of the justice system.

The act’s focus is well and the judges, as advocated by the report, Bouchard-Taylor, but its application rests with the Board of the judiciary in this respect. The Council will decide himself on his application or not.

The mp, however, believes that the latter will have to “follow” the legislation adopted. “For the application of the law, indeed, it will report to the Council of the judiciary and in particular of the Court of Québec,” he said. But since the judicial Council is responsible for enforcing not only the ethical rules, but also the “rules of law”, he “must follow necessarily in the legislative framework”, he added.

Crucifix

Mr. Jolin-Barrette reiterated that, according to his party, the crucifix of the national Assembly is expected to remain hanging in the blue Room. However, it stated that it could be moved to another place in the Parliament if a consensus were reached among the parliamentarians.

“The historical position of the CAQ is to maintain the crucifix in this place, because it is a question of heritage object. But, for us, what is fundamental, is to collaborate with all opposition parties to arrive at a result that will reflect the consensus of quebec society.”

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