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QMI Agency has learned the Parti Quebecois government plans to amend the Quebec charter of rights and freedoms and ban most religious signs and symbols from public institutions such as daycare centres, public schools, hospitals, clinics, and other government buildings.
Visible crosses, yarmulkes, hijabs, niqabs, burkas and turbans would all be banned.
According to sources close to the government, all health workers, public school teachers and public daycare workers would have to leave their religious symbols at home when they go to work.
Students who study at public schools and people who receive care in Quebec's public health system wouldn't face the same strict rules as educators or health professionals, but wouldn't be permitted to cover their faces.
Certain establishments will be allowed exemptions under the new law, such as Montreal's Jewish General Hospital and some unnamed higher education institutions. These exemptions will have to be renewed every five years. The private education system in the province won't be affected.
The government has no intention of removing symbols of Quebec's Judeo-Christian heritage. For example, sources tell QMI Agency that the crosses at the National Assembly and at the top of Montreal's Mount Royal will stay in place.