November 25th, 2020

Court challenge to Quebec’s Bill 21 temporarily suspended after positive COVID test

By The Canadian Press on November 19, 2020.

Demonstrators stand outside the courthouse on the first day of the constitutional challenge to Bill 21, which bans public workers in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols, before the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal on Monday, November 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL – The court challenge to Quebec’s secularism law has been temporarily suspended after a person who had attended the proceedings tested positive for COVID-19.

Superior Court Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard was informed today that the child of one of the lawyers had tested positive.

The child had also been present in the Montreal courtroom earlier this week prior to their test.

Blanchard suspended the proceedings for the rest of the day and said he would meet with the lawyers involved in the case on Friday to discuss how to proceed.

The court challenge of the secularism law, known as Bill 21, is being heard in one of the Montreal courthouse’s biggest rooms and with health measures in place including distancing and mask-wearing.

Several groups are challenging the law, which prevents state employees in positions of authority, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols at work.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov 19, 2020

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