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Webinar Series 2020: Bill 21 – Part 4 of 4

Bill 21 and State secularism in Quebec

In 2019, the government of Quebec premier François Legault, the founding leader of the centre-right Coalition Action Démocratique (CAQ), passed “An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State”, also known as Bill 21.

Bill 21 prohibits certain public servants in positions of authority, including judges, police officers, government lawyers, principals and vice-principals, as well as elementary and high school teachers, from wearing religious symbols such as a hijab, crucifix, turban or kippah while on the job.

David RandDavid Rand is president of Atheist Freethinkers (LPA-AFT) based in Montreal and spokesperson for the “Rassemblement pour la laïcité” (RPL) or Alliance for Secularism, a coalition of various Quebec organizations which promote secularism and of which LPA-AFT is a participant.

David’s writings have been published in Humanist Perspectives, Free Inquiry, Huffington Post Quebec, CBC News, and others. He has spoken at various atheist and secular events in Canada, Poland, the U.K., Argentina, Chile, Lebanon, and France.


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