Canadian courts have largely upheld the controversial Quebec law that prohibits “authoritative” civil servants from wearing religious symbols in the workplace.
However, the state Supreme Court has revoked some of the laws that apply to English-speaking public schools.
Bill 21 prohibits judges, police officers, teachers and civil servants from wearing symbols such as kippers, turbans and hijabs during work.
Adopted in June 2019, intense discussions are taking place nationwide.
The ruling is likely to be appealed to the Canadian Supreme Court, according to local media.
On Monday, Judge Marc-Andre Blanchard of the Quebec Superior Court stated that under the Constitution of Canada, Quebec has the right to limit the religious symbols worn by civil servants.
However, Judge Blanchard decided that the same ban could not be applied to English schools because of the protection provided for the right to minority language education under the Canadian Rights and Freedom Charter.
The judge also revoked the provision prohibiting Quebec parliamentarians from wearing face covers during work.
Bill 21 follows previous efforts in Quebec to strengthen state secularism.
Proponents call this a rational step and have widespread support, mainly in French-speaking states.
Critics argue that it is discriminatory, making it more difficult for religious minorities to integrate into Quebec society and unfairly targeting Islamic women.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has opposed the bill in the past, saying in 2019 that “it is’unthinkable’to legalize discrimination against citizens based on religion.”
Quebec is historically a Catholic state while the Muslim population is growing, as was France, which passed a law banning veils, crosses and other visible religious symbols in public schools in 2004. , Has been working to maintain a worldly identity.
In October 2019, the state announced that it would introduce a “value test” for economic migrants wishing to reside in Quebec.
The 20-question evaluation, which came into effect in January last year, quizzes applicants on issues such as democracy, French-speaking Quebec society, national secularism, and gender equality.