(Quebec) Parents who want to change their class child if the teacher wears the veil do not admit defeat: the Legault government has refused to recognize this right, but they intend to continue the fight.
Parents had signed an open letter in the media to claim this right under the new law on secularism. But both Prime Minister François Legault and his Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, closed the door by saying that the government did not intend to move in this direction.
The law on secularism provides for an acquired right for teachers who were in office before its adoption, but future teachers will have to abstain from wearing religious symbols.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, two parents who signed the letter said Thursday they would continue to be heard.
According to André Lamoureux, there is inequity because teachers are given the privilege of continuing to wear a religious sign, without recognizing that parents have the right to ask for a secular public service for their child.
Children will be left out of the new law, according to him.
Similarly, another parent, Nadia El-Mabrouk, says that she simply wants the government to implement her law, which recognizes the "right to secular institutions and public services".
Dissatisfied with the Caquist government's response, they intend to continue to make their voices heard.