Ironically, although Jews will be forbidden to wear yarmulkes, Sikhs, turbans and Muslim woman, hijabs, at work, if they work for the government, the province will not remove crucifixes from any of its public buildings, particularly the huge crucifix hanging over the speaker's chair in their provincial parliament. This apparently has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with tradition.
You will be permitted to wear small symbols of your beliefs, such as a necklace with a cross or a Star of David on it. This means, of course, that there will be by-laws mandating the size of these items and some will be subjected to being "measured."
|Nature and culture|
For years the dominant religion in Canada was Christianity, which divided itself between a Protestant majority in the western provinces including, Ontario and roughly a Catholic majority in the eastern provinces, beginning with Quebec. However, Canada is now home to many different faiths and religious practices. Our federal charter of rights protects these.
This will not be the first time that Quebec has challenged the sovereignty of the federal government. We await the outcome of the debates over this bill in the Quebec legislature.
Well, it does make for more interesting news than the national debt :)
The picture? It's a cross in the hills of Liguria, Italy. I climbed half way up a mountain to see an old monastery there. Art is often based on religious beliefs and practices. We need to preserve freedom of religion, everywhere.
Have a colourful day!!