Quebec's controversial take on banning religious headwear among public employers apparently met with strong opposition from Justin Trudeau. Trudeau happens to be the first major federal politician to oppose it.
Mr Trudeau has opined that it is going to malign Quebec's reputation in a major way if the government decides to stand by such policies. Mr Trudeau came to Quebec City for a scheduled meeting which would be held between him and Premier Pauline Marois. He added this topic to his agenda of the meeting. On the other hand, the leader of other parties shied away from commenting anything on it.
The controversial suggestion from the government was leaked earlier as one media report published certain details of the PQ proposal which has suggested that public workers like day-care worker, teachers and doctors are not going to be allowed to wear hijabs, visible crucifixes, kippas and turbans.
Mr Trudeau expressed his disagreement with Marois on the topic after the meeting. The Liberal politician feels that decision was instigated by a defensive attitude which is probably afraid of the other culture. This, he thinks, is an apt policy for modern Quebec which is all set to move ahead with time.
Mr Trudeau believes that the policy may evoke similar reactions like in the past when turbans were banned in football teams. The Quebecers were apparently laughed at due to going for such a policy. He does not believe that the policy is going to reflect the true spirit of Quebec either. The people of Quebec are much more generous and open-minded than the policy may suggest.
The Prime Minister's Office, on the contrary, thinks that the debate regarding the policy must be take care of at the provincial level. Meanwhile, Tom Mulcair dodged the issue, calling the leaked details of the proposal as "trial balloons." Mulcair has a strong say in the parliament, thanks to possessing about 60 seats in the largest province of Canada.
Mr Trudeau opines that the proposal deals with an issue which is non-existent.