Many elected Liberal federal government officials in Ottawa disagree with the bill on religious neutrality that was passed Wednesday in the National Assembly by the government of the Liberal Party of Quebec.
Bill 62 requires one’s face to be uncovered when giving or receiving public services. The law marks the outcome of a contentious, decade-long debate about the place of religious minorities in Quebec.
A few hours after the adoption of the bill in the morning, Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès said aloud what several members of her party are saying in Ottawa.
According to her, Ottawa should intervene, doubting “strongly” that the Quebec legislation is in conformity with the Charter of the rights and freedoms of Canada. ” Certainly if it is Charter issues, eventually the federal government will have to get involved,” she said in a press conference after her weekly Liberal caucus meeting.
“It’s imposing women on dressing or not dressing, and I think it’s against their rights,” she pleaded, assessing that her position on the bill 62 is “probably very majority” in the Liberal caucus.
Prime Minister reacts in a different way
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was pressed by the Bloc Québécois, refused to pledge his government to contest the new Quebec legislation.
However, he argued that he would “continue to work to ensure that all Canadians are protected by the Charter while respecting the choices that different parliamentarians can make at different levels. We at the federal level defend the rights of all Canadians. ”
Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould also gave the impression of two contradictory reactions. “We will certainly monitor how the law is being implemented. But the position of the Government of Canada is that every individual should be free to carry what he wants, “she said in a press conference following a parliamentary committee meeting.
Then the minister said that her government would “ensure that the right of individuals to be themselves, to carry what they want is respected, and that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is always respected.”