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Quebec proposes ban on wearing religious symbols

08 November 2013, 10:33

Montreal - The Quebec government is moving forward with a proposed law that would ban public employees from wearing religious symbols.

The separatist Parti Quebecois on Thursday introduced its Charter of Values in the province's legislature.

The law would require government employees to take off their headscarves, yarmulkes, turbans and larger-than-average crucifixes.

It would also prohibit citizens from covering their faces while receiving public services, such as applying for driver's licenses, for the purpose of identification.

The opposition Liberals oppose the plan, except for the provision banning people from covering their faces while getting state services.

The Parti Quebecois does not have a majority in the provincial legislature, and the law is unlikely to pass unless the party agrees to significant concessions.

- AP


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