Supreme Court Hearings - Mouvement laïque québécois, et al. v. City of Saguenay, et al.
Mouvement laïque québécois, et al. v. City of Saguenay, et al. (October 14, 2014)
The appellant Mr. Simoneau is a non-believer at the time was a citizen of the respondent city of Saguenay. The appellant attended the meetings of the municipal council. Amunicipal by-law provided that council members could stand and say a prayer at the start of council proceedings. There was also a crucifix at the la baie town hall and a statue of the sacred heart at the Chicoutimi town hall. The appellant and the Mouvement Laïque Québécois filed an application against the city and its mayor with the human and youth rights tribunal. they alleged that the respondents had violated. The appellant's freedom of conscience and religion and his right to respect for his dignity. They asked that the recitation of the prayer cease and that the religious symbols be removed from the proceedings rooms. They also claimed damages for the moral prejudice suffered by the appellant. The tribunal allowed the appellant's application in part. The court of appeal set aside the decision ruling that the city’s bylaw did not violate any duty to religious neutrality.