Here's a list of the jobs that will be affected by Bill 21
If it becomes law, Quebec's new secularism bill will touch just about everyone that works for the government in any capacity — not just police officers, judges and school officials.
That's effectively the gist of what Bill 21 — which bans religious symbols worn by government employees in positions of authority — says about the specific jobs that will be affected.
While there are a handful of nuances contained within the bill tabled last week in the National Assembly, the following is a non-exhaustive list of what the bill says about the jobs that will be affected:
- The Speaker and Vice-Presidents of the National Assembly were specifically named in Schedule II, Article 1 of the bill.
- Administrative justices of the peace, both at the provincial and municipal court level; clerks, sheriffs, and bankruptcy registrars.
- Members and heads of a number of government commissions, including the Rental Board, the SAQ, or the Transportation Commission.
- Any lawyer or notary employed by the government or by any of the said government boards or commissions.
- Commissioners of public inquiries, along with their lawyers and notaries.
- Quebec's justice minister, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP, the Crown prosecutor's office), Crown prosecutors, provincial government lawyers or notaries employed by a ministry or the Crown or the National Assembly. Basically, any court officer working on the National Assembly's, the Quebec government's or a municipality's dime in virtually any capacity will be banned from wearing religious symbols.
- "Peace officers who exercise their functions mainly in Quebec" — in other words, police officers, except those working on behalf of the federal government or a federal agency, such as border patrol or RCMP officers. They will be exempt from the provincial law.
- Labor arbitrators and bankruptcy registrars.