Manitoba MLAs unanimously supported a resolution brought forward by the premier Wednesday to underscore local support for citizens' religious rights.
Though the resolution didn't explicitly mention Quebec's Bill 21 – a law that bans some public servants from wearing religious symbols – Premier Brian Pallister didn't shy away from the issue when talking to reporters.
"It’s important not to be silent on an issue of human rights. This is a bill that I find offensive. I think many Canadians do. It threatens to erode the rights of people in one part of the country, so it erodes the rights of all of us," he said.
"We think it’s important that we don’t stand quietly by and watch. I think we have to stand up and say something."
Pallister acknowledged a Manitoba-supported resolution won't have any legislative power in terms of what happens in Quebec, but noted it shows solidarity for those wearing religious symbols here. He hinted the province might take its advocacy a step further Thursday.
"We have other measures that we will take… as soon as 24 hours from now potentially," he said, refusing to elaborate on what those measures may be.
MLAs agreed to send copies of the resolution to every provincial and territorial government in Canada, as well as the federal government.
NDP critic Diljeet Brar said he appreciated Pallister's resolution, but argued it should have been amended to include mentions of Quebec and Bill 21.