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Not even sunglasses are spared in Quebec bill

By Chantal HÉbert      

For a province to declare war on sunglasses is pretty unique in the history of Canada. For a government to do so in the name of the separation of church and state is even more remarkable.

If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wanted to be proactive in the festering debate over reasonable accommodation, he would seek the advice of the Supreme Court of Canada, pictured, on achieving a Charter-friendly balance between the rights of religious minorities and the values of a secular society, writes Chantal Hébert of Quebec's Bill 62. The Hill Times file photo

Somewhere in the Quebec government’s legal department, a team of lawyers is bracing to argue in court in what may be the not-too-distant future that the wearing of dark sunglasses puts the safety of the province’s public transit system at risk. Ditto presumably in the case of local libraries and city parks.

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