In the second Q debate this season, and in light of the Parti Québécois' proposed Charter of Quebec Values, we've convened a Q debate about the proposed measures on the wearing of religious symbols.
The charter's stated goal is to affirm the equality of women and men and underscore the neutrality of the state when it comes to religion. It has broad support in Quebec, with recent polls running at 66% in favour, but has also provoked a lot of criticism.
The following diagram, sourced from government materials about the charter, illustrates which religious symbols public employees would not be able to wear. The three in the top row are examples of "non-ostentatious" signs that would be permitted. Conversely, the bottom five are "ostentatious" signs that would be banned.
Jian speaks to two Quebeckers with very different views on this issue: Michel Lincourt of the Mouvement Laïque Quebecois, which promotes secularism in Quebec, and Ian Henderson, associate professor of Religious Studies at McGill University.