Bill 60 : A Defilement Of Fundamental Canadian Rights And Freedoms

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Bill 60 – A Defilement of Fundamental Canadian Rights and Freedoms
In September of 2013, the Parti Québécois severely violated multiple rights on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with the introduction of the amended Quebec Charter of Values.
The purpose of the bill was to “Establish a duty of neutrality and reserve for all state personnel,” particularly through limiting the religious symbols that may be worn by public workers. Essentially all noticeable and exposed religious symbols or articles of clothing were banned for those targeted by the changed Charter. Additionally, it was made mandatory to have an uncovered face during the provision or receiving of any state services. The argument made by the Minister in responsibility of the Charter, Bernard Drainville, was that, "If the state is neutral, those working for the state should be equally neutral in their image". As can be instantaneous seen, there were multiple evident issues with the amended Quebec Charter of values. (CBC News, 2013)
The proposal of the Parti Québécois directly infringed upon and violated the rights outlined distinctly in the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms.
Firstly, the limitation on religious articles was a clear trespassing of limitations that the party has. Section 15, subsection 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms clearly dictates that “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without…

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