Like many Canadians, we are horrified and outraged at Quebec’s new “secularism” bill. Bill 21 seeks to institutionalize religious discrimination by banning public service workers from wearing religious symbols while on the job. This violates Canadians’ constitutional right to religious freedom – and seems to especially target Muslim-Canadians.
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No one should be discriminated against for their religion. Please join us in putting an end to state-sanctioned racism.
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Quebec’s Bill 21 directly violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, infringing on the rights of religious Canadians. If passed, Bill 21 would prevent Muslim Quebeckers – and other visibly religious Quebeckers – from taking positions as teachers, principals, police officers, lawyers, and judges if they wish to wear any religious symbols, e.g. hijabs, kippahs, turbans, etc.
CJPME joins thousands of Canadian politicians, unions, municipalities, and civil society organizations in calling on the Quebec government to immediately withdraw Bill 21 and stop its campaign to discriminate against the province’s Muslim-Canadian minority.
Over the past few years, Canadians have witnessed a dramatic increase in Islamophobia, xenophobia and religious intolerance across the country, including the tragic attack at a Quebec City Mosque in 2017.
CJPME and the Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF) commissioned and published a survey on Islamophobia in 2018 which confirmed the existence of Islamophobic attitudes in Canada – especially Quebec. Indeed, Statistics Canada’s recent police-reported hate crimes report confirmed these findings, revealing that, of all targeted groups, Muslim-Canadians have experienced the highest increase in hate crimes, with the number more than doubling over the 2016-2017 period. In fact, Stat Can registered that from 2016 – 2017, crimes against Muslims in Quebec tripled from 41 in 2016 to 117 in 2017.
Concerned with this surge in anti-Muslim sentiments, in the fall of 2018, CJPME and the Canadian Muslim Forum launched the “I Remember January 29th” campaign calling on the government to recognize January 29th – the anniversary of the Quebec City Mosque Massacre – as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and other forms of religious discrimination. The campaign is still active, and we encourage Canadians from across the country to add your voice to the call.
Canadians should never have to choose between their faith and their livelihood.
Sign onto the campaign and join us in saying NO to Islamophobia!