Montreal’s Westmount high school last made headlines as the alma mater of the US senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
It now has another distinction: the first Quebec school to publicly commit to ignoring the province’s proposed secularism law, which would ban primary and secondary school teachers, among certain other provincial government employees, from wearing religious symbols.
Teachers, students and parents recently gathered on the school steps in protest against Bill 21, which the government introduced in Quebec’s national assembly last week. As well as teachers, all employees in positions of authority – including judges, public prosecutors, prison guards, police and liquor inspectors – will be prohibited from wearing religious symbols, including the Star of David, the cross or the hijab.
Gee they didn’t protest this. I wonder why.