By Michael Boriero
The province’s contentious secularism law, Bill 21, which forbids public sector workers like teachers, police officers and judges, from wearing religious symbols was partly struck down Tuesday by the Quebec Superior Court.
Justice Marc-André Blanchard ruled that the law is mostly constitutional. However, under section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the law cannot be enforced in English school boards because it violates minority language education rights.
Blanchard also concluded that the law infringes on section 3 of the Charter, which “guarantees Canadian citizens the democratic right to vote in a general federal or provincial election and the right to be eligible for membership in the House of Commons or of a provincial legislative assembly.”
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