The minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, responded Tuesday to critics, who have referred to as “profiling” the attempt of his government to obtain the number of teachers who wear religious signs at work.
Last month, the president of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) Catherine Harel Bourdon said that these statistics did not exist. Collecting such information would be illegal, ” she says.
“I found that it was a request aberrant because we can’t do profiling of our employees on the fact that they wear religious signs : it goes against the rights and freedoms”, she said.
The liberal mp Marwah Rizqy had also denounced an operation of “profiling”.
Appalled, the minister — who only digests still not have been a treaty of”intolerant” — was unveiled on Tuesday, the existence of a survey designed by the previous liberal government on the wearing of religious signs, which responded to more than 1100 schools in Quebec.
The questionnaire was prepared in June by his ministry, then headed by the liberal Sébastien Proulx, and has been submitted to the principals of the schools, in mid-November. The minister has learned of its existence last week.
Jean-François Roberge accuses the liberal Party of”hypocrisy”.