Thanks for posting and starting the conversation. The minority government's proposal is unconstitutional, and would never survive a Supreme Court challenge. I'm not the only person of this view either, a lot of legal experts think the same. Freedom of religion and freedom of expression are guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The federal government has indicated it would challenge the provincial government on this one if the province insists on moving forward with this poorly-though-out ploy to foment anti-religious sentiment to try to win votes. Also, it's alienating a lot of ethnic voters, which may backfire on them come election time. So, Quebec is picking a fight with Ottawa, (big surprise for a separatist government), in an attempt to make the federal government look like it is interfering with provincial matters. Fortunately, freedom of religion and freedom of expression are not just provincial matters.
People of all faiths should of course be deeply concerned that this half-baked horrible idea has made it this far, but it won't get much further. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a foundation constitutional document, and all laws passed in Canada have to conform to it. Praying for a just outcome to this situation is important, as many people will have to make important decisions, and may they be blessed with the wisdom necessary.
That's why we need to pray even more. The lines here are blurry. Lord God, please, let your voice be heard through your clergy, the media, your people, and whoever you choose to speak up for you. I believe that you will here our prayers because you are our Father.
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Let's continue to pray that God's will may be done!