Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie  
January 2019

Bertrand Lavoie

Postdoctoral fellow in Law
Université de Sherbrooke

Award-winning publicationLa fonctionnaire et le hijab. Liberté de religion et laïcité dans les institutions publiques québécoises

Published in: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal



For several years, the wearing of religious symbols in public institutions has constituted a key social issue in Québec. What are the links between secularism and freedom of religion in the province? What does secularism mean to a public servant who wears a hijab? Through a descriptive and balanced exploration of the issue of religious symbols, Bertrand Lavoie surveys government standards and conducts an analysis of the daily practices of women in public service in Québec seeking to reconcile respect for their faith and respect for the nation. In addition to providing an innovative contribution to research on religious discourse in the public space, the research aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding the religious practice of wearing a hijab and therefore increases the collective understanding of fundamental issues in coexistence.