The dismissal of a teacher for wearing the hijab elicits mixed reactions in Quebec

The reason why this teacher does not have a job, still does not have a job, is because she does not respect the law, ”declared PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

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There were mixed reactions in Quebec to the news that Fatemeh Anvari was no longer teaching her grade 3 class because her hijab violated the province’s Law 21.


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Benoit Charette, Quebec Minister for the Fight against Racism, said that Quebec has been debating for several years the need for secularism for people in positions of authority. He added that Bill 21 was adopted by the National Assembly and that there is a consensus in Quebec society.

Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has said Bill 21 is necessary.

“The reason this teacher doesn’t have a job, still doesn’t have a job, is because she doesn’t respect the law,” he said. “The law is for everyone. I’m pretty sure she knew about the law. She tried to make a statement by wearing a hijab. It’s the law. The law is harsh, but it is the law. The law is hard, but it is the law.

He added that Anvari can wear a hijab in his community, mosque, house and other places, but not at school.


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Liberal leader Dominique Anglade declined to comment on the specific case of Anvari’s reassignment out of the classroom, but said her party voted against Bill 21 because members believed the law was going too far. far.

“So we can’t be in favor of a situation like this, there’s no question about it. So I don’t know the details, but we can’t be in favor of it. But we can’t be in favor of it. in spite of everything, “Anglade said.” It’s not a matter of labor shortage. It makes it worse. But fundamentally we don’t think it’s fair.

Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, also weighed in: “I think it’s cowardly. I think we’ve been pretty clear about the fact that this type of discrimination does not reflect the Quebec society in which I want to live.


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People outside the province were more critical.

“I can no longer, in good conscience, remain silent about this. It’s an absolute disgrace, ”said Ontario Conservative MP Kyle Seeback.

“This shouldn’t be happening in Canada. No one in Canada should ever lose their job because of what they wear or because of their religious beliefs, ”said Liberal Ontario MP Salma Zahid.

“There is no worry about her ability and ability to teach, no worry about whether she is providing a good education for children. Just because of her looks and the way she dresses, she is no longer able to teach these children. That is all that is wrong with this bill, ”said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

“We cannot understand why Canadians are so shocked right now, as we have been asking for changes to Bill 21 for several years, the next logical step is that we need the Prime Minister to stand up and intervene,” said Fatema Abdalla, spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

The Ottawa Citizen and The Canadian Press contributed to this report.

  1. Students and parents placed ribbons and a sign on a fence at a teacher at Chelsea Primary School to show their support for a teacher who was dismissed from her post for wearing a hijab.

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  2. The controversy erupted over a law introduced by the government of the Coalition Avenir Québec of Prime Minister François Legault in 2019 which prohibits certain public employees, including teachers, from wearing religious symbols such as the Muslim hijab.

    Teacher dismissed from his duties at the Quebec primary school for wearing the hijab



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