Position on Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State (Loi sur la laïcité de l'État)
Schools are communities where young Quebecers should learn openness and tolerance and the benefits of dialogue. School principals, administrators and teachers are committed to building environments where this type of bridge-building flourishes. All of them share this goal regardless of their background and dress. We are concerned about the impact on our colleagues in the teaching profession and young Quebecers by Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State (Loi sur la laïcité de l’État) and its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by public school teachers, staff and administrators. The Bill is untenable as it actively works against what we consider an asset and strength, and it is in this context we are affirm our opposition to Bill 21. At this time, QAIS wishes to reinforce its commitment to promoting tolerance and diversity in schools, embracing the opportunities inherent in this diversity.