Quebec Charter: Kenney and Uppal say Conservative government will vigorously defend fundamental right of freedom of religion

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Jason Kenney flanked by MP Parm Gill and Tim Uppal at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

 

COMMENTING on the proposed Quebec Charter on Thursday, Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney and Minister of State for Multiculturalism Tim Uppal on Thursday made it clear that the Conservative government will vigorously defend the fundamental right of freedom of religion.
 
Kenney said: “The bill that was introduced today does not have the support of the majority of members of the National Assembly. Should a bill on this issue pass the National Assembly our government will closely review it. If it is found to violate the Canadian constitution we will vigorously defend the fundamental right of freedom of religion.”
 
Uppal said: “The Harper government has been very clear: nobody should be denied a job based on criteria unrelated to that job . We are deeply concerned by this proposed legislation, which would prevent Quebec government employees from wearing a hijab, a turban or a kippa at work. Our Government’s job is making everyone who lives in this country and shares our Canadian values, whatever their background, whatever their race, whatever their religion, feel at home in this country and have equal opportunity to be proud and fully contributing Canadians.”