In April, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled (unanimously) that Catholic prayers before government meetings in Saguenay, Quebec were unconstitutional. It was the right decision… but a limited one.
The ruling only put a stop to invocations in Saguenay, not everywhere in the nation, so there’s still a lot of debate over how various councils should handle the issue. Some have gone from a prayer to a moment of silence, some have removed prayer from the agenda altogether, and some have stayed the course by keeping the prayers and just waiting to be challenged.
The Angus Reid Institute, a polling group, recently asked Canadians what they preferred — they were allowed to support more than one option — and the most popular idea was to have no prayer at all: “Just start the meeting.”