Quebec’s Superior Court has ruled that some aspects of the province’s controversial secularism law Bill 21 infringe on language rights and must be scrapped while rejecting legal challenges to overturn the bill.

In a 242-page ruling released April 20, Justice Marc-André Blanchard said the Quebec government does have the power to require that government employees not wear any religious symbols while at work. The restriction means that public workers such as teachers and police officers must dress in a secular manner when they are working in an official capacity.

Most of the organizations and legal teams behind the legal challenge against Bill 21 said they were reviewing the ruling. The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), and a university student involved in the case had yet to comment.

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