Bill 21: A Step Closer To Authoritarianism
Bill 228 - PASSED !
Sikh Heritage Manitoba is extremely concerned by the passing of Bill 21 - An Act respecting the laicity of the State by the Quebec national assembly.
This legislation introduced by the Coalition Avenir Quebec government prohibits public sector employees from wearing religious symbols. Passed during late hours of June 16 with a vote of 73-35, this bill not only violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it is also one step closer to state authoritarianism.
Bill 228 – The Sikh Heritage Month Act
For the first time in Manitoba’s History, Sikh Heritage Month was celebrated in Winnipeg during the month of April in 2019.
It was launched by Sikh Heritage Manitoba on April 1 at the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba with a Chardi Kalla Ardaas, a prayer for optimism, joy, and high spirits. Honourable Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, proclaimed April 2019 as ‘Sikh Heritage Month’ in Manitoba following the Chardi Kalla Ardaas.
Bill 228: The Sikh Heritage Month Act was introduced by Wab Kinew - leader of the official opposition during question period on March 20, 2019. When passed, this bill will legislate every April to come as Sikh Heritage Month in the Province of Manitoba.