Quebec Votes to Ban Religious Symbols

The Provincial Government of Quebec has passed a contentious secularism bill that will ban religious symbols for public servants in a position of authority.

The ban is for professions such as police officers and teachers. The bill was voted into law late on Sunday.

Premier Francois Legault and his centre-right to right-wing Quebec nationalist party the Coalition Avenir Québec used their number of seats to pass the bill.

The bill passed 73 to 35, with the Parti Quebecois also voting for the bill.

The bill will prohibit public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols while working.

Some argue that the law targets religious minorities.