POLL SUGGESTS SUPPORT FOR BILL 21 PROVISION MAY HAVE DROPPED IN QUEBEC

Jan 16, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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A new poll suggests support may have slipped for a key element of Quebec’s secularism law, known as Bill 21.

A web panel survey carried out by Leger for the Association for Canadian Studies earlier this month found 55% of Quebecers are in favour of banning religious symbols being worn by public school teachers.

That appears to be a drop from the results of a previous Leger survey published in September that found 64%of Quebecers were in favour of Bill 21, which applies to civil servants in positions of authority including judges, teachers, and police officers.

Jack Jedwab, the president of the Association for Canadian Studies, says the seeming shift in public opinion could be tied to recent debate on the issue, including the case of an elementary school teacher in western Quebec who was removed from her teaching position in December because her hijab contravenes the law.

The incident prompted calls for the federal government to intervene in court challenges against the law and spurred the mayors of several large cities to pledge their support to the legal battle to overturn it.

The survey was conducted by web panel between January 7th and 9th, involving 1,547 Canadians 18 years of age or older.

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