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Victory for Secularism in Laval, Québec

The Québec Human Rights Tribunal orders the City of Laval to cease its discriminatory practice of imposing a prayer at its city council meetings.


On September 22, 2006, the Québec Human Rights Tribunal rendered its decision in the case of a complaint concerning the recitation of a prayer at council meetings of the city of Laval, just north of Montréal. The complaint was brought by Madame Danielle Payette and supported by the Mouvement laïque québécois (Québec Secular Movement)

The Tribunal's decision is completely in favour of the complainant; the imposition of a prayer is considered to be contrary to freedom of religion which is protected by the Québec Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Tribunal orders the City of Laval to cease the practice and to pay legal costs.

Further information: Mouvement laïque québécois (MLQ)