Throughout the Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay (City) process, no less than five very different approaches to secularism were described. Thus far I’ve described the approaches that were not correct – approaches that were not actually secularism as properly defined. Happily, the final Supreme Court decision got secularism right. So … Continue reading
Aside from its obvious appeal to secularists and human rights activists, the Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay (City) ruling also set some important precedents in Canadian administrative law.
Thus far in the series, I’ve told the story of the events leading up to the landmark Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay (City) ruling. Now it’s finally time to talk about the ruling itself.
Anthony Furey is pissed off annoyed with the Supreme Court of Canada because it ruled that municipal council meetings can’t begin with prayers. Although Furey has his own opinion on prayers in municipal council meetings, back in 2011, I wrote that Ottawa city council shouldn’t begin meetings with a prayer: … Continue reading
The same day as the Supreme Court of Canada ordered the city of Saguenay, Quebec to stop praying inside its council chambers, Cecil Clarke, the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, announced “One way or another we will do the prayer, and if I have to do that prayer … Continue reading
It’s official, The Supreme Court has ruled that a Quebec [city of Saguenay] town must stop reciting a prayer at the start of city council meetings, in a ruling that spells out the limits on faith in the public sphere in Canada. The SCC decision is available at the Lexum … Continue reading