On August 22, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau became the first federal politician to weigh in on the leaked idea of the charter and immediately denounced it.
“It worries me because our institutions, our state, must be neutral,” Trudeau said.
“Individuals have the right to their religion and to their freedom of expression. It worries me.”
“When there is something concrete on the table, I’ll have no hesitation to respond to it.”
NDP MP Françoise Boivin said the Charter is worse than her initial impression of it.
"How can you differentiate between human beings?" she said.
"Why would I care if someone wears a turban? How does it affect me?"
She also noted the numerous exceptions including members of the National Assembly and private schools.
‘‘What we're looking at under this charter of secularism is intolerance. Plain and simple. We're not talking about government neutrality. We're actually physically saying to some children that because of the faith that you and your family follow, there are some jobs that you’re not eligible for.”
“What I’m saying today is look, whether or not you're a person who wears a turban or a hijab, if you’re uncomfortable living in a society that says people who wear turbans or hijabs should be excluded from certain jobs, come here. We're happy to have you,” he said.