Judge Marc-André Blanchard rules some sections violate Charter protections of minority language educational rights.
Quebec Superior Court has struck down parts of Bill 21, the province’s law banning the wearing of religious symbols for state workers deemed to be in a position of authority, like teachers, judges and police officers.
In his 248-page decision delivered Tuesday, Judge Marc-André Blanchard ruled part of Bill 21 violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Blanchard ruled Bill 21 does not apply to the English Montreal School Board, which challenged the bill.
He declared several sections of the bill are “inoperative” because they would violate Charter protections of minority language educational rights.
When Blanchard heard arguments in November, the EMSB said three of its teachers could not work for the board because they wore hijabs, and Bill 21 “severely limited” the board’s ability to promote teachers who wear religious symbols to a position like that of principal.
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