The Society’s Bill 21 Documents

Please find below the Society’s documents relating to Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State. The documents are PDFs that will open in a new window. If you have any questions about the documents or the Society’s position, please email the Society’s Human Rights chair, Frank Schlesinger at

Here is a message from Frank:

On April 5, 2019, the Society filed, with the Parliamentary Commission of the National Assembly charged with the study in second reading of Bill 21,  a Brief (Mémoire) together with a summary of the points raised and various annexes.  The Brief expressed the Society’s wish to defend its Brief before the Parliamentary Commission viva voce as we have done in the past with virtually every government on various issues concerning human rights.

Notwithstanding repeated requests, our Society was not invited to defend its Brief and our requests remain without reply other than to the effect that the Brief will be published at the end of the hearings.

As you will see from the Summary and the Brief, the Society has taken the position that the law has no reason to exist and, in fact, will create and worsen divisions in Quebec rather than solve any problem, the existence of which problem has yet to be proved.  We invite you to read the Summary and Brief and for any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Chairman of the Human Rights Committee, Me Frank M. Schlesinger, at 514-951-6226, and/or the Vice-Chairman, Me Robert Steinman, at 514-397-5573.

The Documents

Mémoire de l’Association de droit Lord Reading submitted to the National Assembly April 24, 2019 (en français)

Sommaire des points soulvés dans le mémoire (en français)

Summary of points in the Brief (in English)