McGill denounces Quebec charter on religious symbols

September 18, 2013

McGill University says the proposed Quebec charter of values that would ban overt religious symbols among public employees goes against the university’s principles, in a public statement issued this week. McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier told the Montreal Gazette that the university would fight any such proposal, or at least seek an exemption, should the proposal become law. “A very, very important factor for our university, for all universities, is our ability to attract the best people as professors and staff — and we want to make sure people who join our university, our city and our province don’t in any way fear they won’t be welcome,” says Fortier. A student representative said Fortier did a good job of canvassing the McGill community on their thoughts on the proposal, and added that the position issued this week “represents the community at large.” The Université de Montréal has also issued a statement saying it was too early to take a position as the bill had not yet been drafted, but affirming its commitment to values of openness, respect and diversity. McGill StatementMontreal Gazette