The hearings on the controversial bill will kick off May 7 and run until May 16.
Quebec police officers are withdrawing from the planned hearings on Bill 21, the Quebec government’s controversial legislation that would ban certain public sector employees from wearing religious symbols.
The secretary of the legislature’s institutions committee, Carolyne Paquette, confirmed that the Barreau du Québec has also withdrawn.
The hearings into the bill will kick off May 7 and run until May 16.
On Monday, the committee updated a list of groups that will participate. Four groups representing police officers were removed from the list. Four other participants were added, including a group representing Muslims who support secularism and law professor Louis-Philippe Lampron.
If adopted, Bill 21 would prohibit the wearing of religious symbols by certain public sector employees in positions of authority, including primary and secondary school teachers.
Under the grandfather clause, affected employees already in office would be allowed to continue wearing religious symbols as long as they retain their current position.
Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette has stressed he is interested in hearing from various points of view on the bill. The committee has allocated 45 minutes for each presentation, which includes 10 minutes for the persons and groups to present a shortened version of their briefs.
The government wants to have the bill adopted by June 14, when the house recesses for the summer.