JUST IN: Peel Council supports motion to oppose Quebec’s Bill 21
The Peel Regional Council has unanimously passed a motion moved by Councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon to denounce Quebec’s Bill 21. Along with condemning the bill, the motion also urges federal parties to commit to challenging the bill if they form government. It also endorses the City of Calgary’s recent motion to work with the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) to address the problems Bill 21 causes across the country.
Councillor Dhillon said, “Bill 21 in Quebec legislates discrimination. This move by the Peel Region to denounce it not only gives confidence to our residents that we stand against intolerance, but sends a message to the federal party leaders that they must take action if elected to government.” He added, “We are part of a growing number of voices across Canada that are united to stand against this discriminatory bill.”
Quebec’s Bill 21 is a controversial law that bans religious articles of faith to be worn by anyone in a public service position. Peel Region is Ontario’s second largest municipality comprised of the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, and the Town of Caledon. It is currently a member of the UNESCO’s Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities and a signatory of the CCMARD. The Peel Regional Police just recently passed its own motion condemning Bill 21.