Quebecers face tough choices under secular 'values' charter

As the secular charter hearings get underway, CBC's Alison Northcott speaks with a teacher and a doctor who are facing a difficult choice between their jobs and their religious practice.

Emergency room doctor says he'd quit his job and leave the province before removing his turban

Bill 60 forces tough choices

8 years ago
Duration 2:04
CBC's Alison Northcott finds out how the secular charter could affect three Quebecers.

If the Parti Québécois's Bill 60 ends up passing, a range of Quebecers including teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers and judges would be required to remove any religious symbols like the hijab or yarmulke in the workplace.

Sanjeet Singh Saluja, an emergency room doctor, would have to remove his turban under the legislation.

But he told CBC's Alison Northcott that removing his turban is not an option.

Saluja says if it comes to that, he will quit his job and leave Quebec.

“I would like to speak with Madame Marois and Mr. Drainville directly, to ask them what specific issue they have with my turban, and know why at this moment I have become a cancer in society and why I need to go,” he said.