Sikh Family to Appeal Decision to Ban Kirpan from Schools

March 6, 2004

Source: The Montreal Gazette

On March 6, 2004 The Montreal Gazette reported, "Reversing a lower court decision Thursday, the Quebec Court of Appeal has outlawed the wearing of the kirpan, the Sikh ceremonial dagger, in schools. But the family of the boy at the centre of the controversy, 14-year-old Gurbaj Singh of LaSalle, isn't giving up. He and his father, as well as their lawyer, said yesterday they'll now try to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. 'We'll fight up to the last - we want to get our rights,' said Gurbaj...But parents who backed the board and who consider the kirpan a weapon said they're delighted with the Court of Appeal decision. 'This supposedly religious object is a knife and it can be dangerous,' said Aline Carbonneau, 40, a LaSalle mother of three students at ...cole Ste.-Catherine-Labour�, Singh's old school. 'Quebec has been too tolerant, and now enough is enough - is that clear?' she said. 'The immigrants who come to Quebec will have to integrate.'"