Anti-Cross Policies in Canada Focus on Montreal Civic Structure

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Montreal leaders say that the context in which a cross was placed on their council chambers building no longer applies, and they need to reaffirm the secular character of the chamber by removing it as a discussion on removing crosses from government owned properties sweeps Canada. (Getty Images photo)

The Guardian – For more than 80 years, a crucifix has overseen the civic business of Canada’s second-largest city from its perch above Montreal’s city council chambers.

Next month, it will come down for good as the the centuries-old building prepares for renovation – and city councilors have decided that it will not be returned.

The crucifix’s removal comes as Quebec struggles to balance its Catholic past with a decidedly secular present day – and in the midst of a debate in the province over the place of religious symbols such as the hijab in public.

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