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Demonstrators march against Quebec's proposed charter of values in downtown Montreal on Sept. 29, 2013.
Demonstrators march against Quebec's proposed charter of values in downtown Montreal on Sept. 29, 2013.
(Christinne Muschi for The Globe and Mail)

Why experts think Quebec’s secular charter won’t survive in court

What the Parti Québécois government is trying to do with its Charter of Values has almost never been attempted in Canada. The PQ has proposed a law that explicitly limits religious freedom, for goals it deems more important – secularism, state neutrality and gender equality.

Four years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada narrowly upheld an Alberta law that required all drivers to be photographed for their licenses, a practice that a Hutterite group said violated their freedom of religion. The court ruled 4-3 that the purpose of fighting fraud was legitimate and important, that there was no other way to achieve it, and that the benefits outweighed the harms.