Quebec law banning hijab at work creates ‘politics of fear', say critics

Civil liberties groups vow to challenge new law that bans public employees from wearing religious symbols

Civil liberties and Muslim groups have vowed to challenge a new law in the Canadian province of Quebec that bans some public sector employees from wearing religious symbols during work hours, arguing it triggered the “politics of fear”.

Critics said the long-expected Bill 21 that was passed by the predominately French-speaking province’s legislature on Sunday mainly targeted Muslim women who wear hijabs.

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