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17 April 2015

Supreme Court strikes down municipal council prayer - Tim Dickson appeared for intervenor

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the prayer with which a Quebec municipality opened its council meetings violated the municipality’s duty of neutrality on religious matters. In a far-reaching decision, the Court held that government officials may not use their powers to promote or impose religious beliefs, but rather must be truly neutral on questions relating to religion.

Farris litigation partner Tim Dickson represented the Canadian Secular Alliance, which intervened in the case to urge that the Court adopt a strong form of the duty of state neutrality, as the Court ultimately did. A link to the case – Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City), 2015 SCC 16 – can be found here.

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