Teams search depart to enchantment Invoice 21 ruling to Supreme Court docket of Canada


MONTREAL – Teams battling Quebec’s secularism regulation in courtroom have utilized to the Supreme Court docket of Canada for depart to enchantment a call refusing to droop the regulation pending a full authorized problem.

Each the Quebec Superior Court docket and the province’s Court docket of Attraction have refused a request by a nationwide Muslim group, a civil liberties group and a college scholar who wears the hijab to have the central components of the regulation suspended whereas their full authorized problem is heard.

The regulation, generally known as Invoice 21, prohibits some public sector employees, together with lecturers and cops, from carrying non secular symbols at work.

In a 2-1 ruling on Dec. 12, the Attraction Court docket acknowledged Invoice 21 was inflicting hurt which may be critical and irreparable. Nonetheless, the courtroom mentioned its inclusion of the however clause meant it shouldn’t be suspended, upholding a Quebec Superior Court docket determination. The Constitution of Rights and Freedoms’ however clause permits governments to defend laws towards courtroom challenges for the violation of basic rights and freedoms.

The Nationwide Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Affiliation (CCLA), and the plaintiff Ichrak Nourel Hak say they’re following up on a promise to see the case by means of.

The Supreme Court docket should resolve whether or not it’ll hear the case.