The federal Liberals say they will defend Quebecers’ Charter rights after the provincial government passed a controversial law banning public servants from wearing religious symbols.
But Justice Minister David Lametti wouldn’t say how, exactly, Ottawa intends to go about doing that.
Lametti, who represents the Montreal riding of LaSalle-Émard-Verdun, said he doesn’t believe “it’s up to a government to tell people what they should wear and what they shouldn’t wear.”
“We believe that Canada is already a lay state, a neutral state (when it comes to religion), and that’s reflected in our institutions. And we’re going to defend the Charter,” Lametti said.
But when asked if the federal government will intervene in a court challenge already launched against Bill 21, Québec’s so-called secularism bill, Lametti would only say that Ottawa plans to “look at the law as amended” and “see what happens on the ground.”