While Montreal’s City Hall is being subjected to major renovation work, a debate over religious symbols is shaking Quebec. The elected officials have decided to remove the cross which has been displayed in the municipal council hall since 1937.
“We are going to move it, and with this renovation work, we need to think about the place of the crucifix in the council room. We made the decision to remove it,” as Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, “responsible for transparency, democracy, governance, and civic life,” told the press during the executive committee meeting.
“We now live in a society that has evolved and is represented by democratic institutions that must be secular, neutral, and open to all citizens,” she said.
In 1987, the [opening] prayer was replaced by a “moment of silence” at the beginning of the council meeting. At the beginning of the 90s, the crucifix was almost removed as a result of work in the building, which was pointed out to the mayor of the city, Valerie Plante, “we are going to close the loop of the decision made in 1992.”
Asked by the press, Quebec Premier François Legault seemed to open the door to a removal of the crucifix from the National Assembly—he who has always been firmly opposed to it said: “everyone has to compromise,” Legault. “We will look at the positions of different persons.”
The dechristianization of Quebec society continues.