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Quebec's hijab ban: 'Like a birthday present to the radicals'

Last Updated May 2, 2019 at 11:18 am EDT

People hold up signs during a demonstration opposing the Quebec government's newly tabled Bill 21 in Montreal, Sunday, April 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

There’s a fight brewing in Quebec right now that has implications well beyond the provincial border, and could spark outrage around the world. Quebec’s majority provincial government plans to pass Bill 21 before the legislature breaks for holiday in mid-June.

If it does, the bill would ban all public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols. As you might imagine, that would potentially get very messy. So why is the bill going forward? What problem does it aim to solve? Why do its supporters defend it as necessary for the separation of church and state in the province, and its opponents as a simple hijab ban aimed at Muslims? And why is the whole world watching what happens next?

GUEST: Michael Coren, columnist, broadcaster

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