Toronto City Council Unanimously Supports Legal Challenge Against Province Of Quebec’s Bill 21

According to a news release from the City of Toronto, City Council unanimously voted in support of an urgent motion from Mayor John Tory to reaffirm the City of Toronto’s opposition to the Province of Quebec’s Bill 21 and to provide a one-time financial contribution of up to $100,000 to support the joint legal challenge to the Bill being brought by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the World Sikh Organization and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

City Council also called on all other Canadian municipalities to affirm their opposition to Bill 21 and provide financial contributions to support the legal challenge.

In 2019 the National Assembly of Quebec passed Bill 21, “An Act respecting the laicity of the State” prohibiting civil service employees from wearing religious symbols while exercising their functions. The law diminishes rights protected by The Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms and stands contrary to the values of Torontonians and Canadians.

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