The amount of retaliation received by the Quebec government for its anticipated secular charter has further increased as more and more towns and universities announce to defy implementation of the proposed ban on religious wear. During a meeting held on Monday night, the town council of Hampstead, i.e. an on-Island suburb of Montreal, adopted a powerful resolution refusing to recognize Bill 60 as valid law, if it’s passed.
In a statement at the time of meeting, Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg stated that the secular charter is against fundamental human rights. He stated that “we will not comply with a racist and immoral law,” adding that “in the event that the Quebec government passes this odious Bill, which will force people to choose between their religious beliefs and their jobs, it will not be enforced in Hampstead.” At the time when the Hampstead’s city council was adopting its new resolution, a rally was carried out by several hundred people at Côte St-Luc city hall. Côte St-Luc is a historically multicultural suburb on the Island of Montreal.