Touring Quebec in the wake of the passage of Bill 21, the CAQ government’s “Act respecting the laicity of the State,” NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said that he feels the bill does not reflect the Quebec he knows. “The Quebec that I know is a Quebec that is very open and accepting,” said Singh, “I know that there are a lot of people who do not actually support this law.” The NDP leader, who is Sikh and wears a turban and kirpan, a small ceremonial dagger, said that he is not concerned that the law banning religious symbols from members of the public service in the province will have a negative impact on his electoral campaign later this year, but he did note that the legislation struck him on a personal level. “I’m really sad that young people growing up won’t be able to be police officers or teachers or judges. I think they offer so much and they want to do so much to make this society a better place and I’m sad that they won’t be able to do that,” he said. See full story in the Wednesday, July 17 edition of The Record.
By Gordon Lambie