François Legault would invoke notwithstanding clause to ban hijabs from civil service


Quebec's premier-designate, François Legault, says he is prepared to invoke the notwithstanding clause to enforce a prohibition on any public employee from wearing a religious symbol such as a hijab or kippa in the workplace. He would also move swiftly to reduce the number of immigrants allowed into the province by 20 per cent. The right-of-centre party, which has never before held power in Quebec, opposes the wearing of religious symbols, including the hijab, by police officers and others who wield coercive state power.