Marilla Steuter-Martin | VP Communications
A large crowd gathered at Place Émilie-Gamelin at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 to protest against the new ‘charter of values’ proposed by the Quebec government.
The charter would dictate what types of religious symbols people working in the public sector are allowed to wear. Under the charter proposed by Premier Pauline Marois, public servants such as doctors, nurses, teachers and daycare workers would not be permitted to wear obvious religious symbols such as hijabs, kippahs, large crosses or turbans while at work.
This has sparked controversy across the province with some critics calling the plan discriminatory and many taking to social media, and now the streets, to voice their discontent.
From Place Émilie-Gamelin, the demonstrators marched slowly and peacefully to Place Du Canada, where the protest eventually dispersed.