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Separatist Parti Quebecois Government Proposes Law To Ban Public Workers From Wearing Religious Headwear

| by Amanda Schallert
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Members of the Quebec government are pushing for a law that would ban government employees from wearing religious headwear, despite some opposition to the law from the rest of Canada.

The separatist Parti Quebecois government is proposing the law as part of their secular values charter, according to ABC News.

Bernard Drainville, one of the people who proposed the law, said he thinks that barring workers from dawning headwear such hijabs, kippas and turbans would help the Quebec government show that it is impartial on religious issues.

Drainville was not sure whether or not officials would still have to swear oaths on the Bible.

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"Oh, my God," he said, when asked about the issue. "We'll get back to you."

But some people have expressed concern that the law would force government workers to choose between their faiths and their jobs.  People have said that the law could violate citizens’ constitutional rights and limit their freedom.

The ban would affect all government employees except elected officials.

Kathy Malas, a Montreal worker who wears a headscarf, said she thought the law was unjust.

"I would fight it, for sure," she said. "For a government to dictate how people get dressed, it's unreasonable to me."

The Parti Quebecois government cannot pass legislation without another party on its side.

Source: ABC News