1. What does Bill 94 actually say?
- All departments of Government,
- School boards,
- The Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire de l’île de Montréal
- Institutions accredited for purposes of subsidies under the Act respecting private education
- Institutions whose instructional program is the subject of an international agreement within the meaning of the Act respecting the Ministère des Relations internationals
- General and vocational colleges and the university institutions mentioned in paragraphs 1 to 11 of section 1 of the Act respecting educational institutions at the university level
- Health and social service agencies and public institutions and private institutions under agreement governed by the Act respecting health services and social services
- Intermediate resources, family type resources and private nursing homes governed by that Act, legal persons and joint procurement groups referred to in section 383 of that Act
- James Bay Cree health and social services council established under the Act respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons
- Childcare centres, day care centres, home childcare coordinating offices and recognized home childcare providers subsidized under the Educational Childcare Act
- All budget-funded bodies
- All bodies whose personnel is appointed in accordance with the Public Service Act
- All bodies a majority of the members or directors of which are appointed by the Government or by a minister and at least half of the expenditures of which are borne directly or indirectly by the consolidated revenue fund
- All bodies whose capital stock forms part of the domain of the State
- All government agencies listed in Schedule C to the Act respecting the process of negotiation of the collective agreements in the public and parapublic sectors (R.S.Q., chapter R-8.2)
- The Lieutenant-Governor, the National Assembly, persons designated by the National Assembly to exercise a function under its authority and bodies to which the National Assembly or any of its committees appoints the majority of the members are considered to be bodies of the Administration.
- Persons appointed or designated by the Government or a minister in the exercise of the functions assigned to them by law, the Government or the Minister are also considered to be bodies of the Administration.
2. Doesn’t the niqab promote oppression?
3. The niqab could be used as a cover for criminal or terrorist activity, so doesn’t the niqab pose a public security threat in situations where policy calls for one’s identity to be ascertained?
4. Why should we have to accommodate the practices of people from countries that do not accommodate ours? Immigrants should adopt the values of the society they move to.
5. What rights and freedoms does the bill have an impact on?
- the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- everyone is entitled to freedom of conscience, religion and expression, subject to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society (section 2, section 1)
- Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability (section 15)
- Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons (section 28)
- Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
- every person is entitled to freedom of religion (which includes the right to manifest it, according to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission), subject to proper regard for democratic values, public order and the general well-being of the citizens of Quebec, and every person shall exercise his rights without distinction based on sex or religion
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion including the right to manifest his belief, and that he shall not be subject to coercion that would impair his ability to have or adopt a belief of his choice, subject only to such limitations as are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.