Toronto (Agencies): The French-speaking Quebec province of Canada elicited controversy after its legislative assembly passed a unanimous motion banning the kirpan from its premises.

All 113 members of the assembly, including Premier (Chief Minister) Jean Charest, voted in favour of the prohibition on the Sikh symbol.

The motion was introduced by the Opposition Parti Quebecois (PQ) after last month's incident in which the assembly security personnel denied entry to four Sikhs of the World Sikh Organisation (WSO) who came to confirm before a House committee debating Bill 94 which aims to ban Islamic face coverings.

Strong reaction poured in from the World Sikh Organisation rejecting the ban.

"It's unfortunate that the PQ believes multiculturalism is a value in Canada but not in Quebec. We feel multiculturalism is not just a Canadian value, but a liberal democratic one that allows us all to live together harmoniously," said Prem Singh Vinning, president of the World Sikh Organisation.

The move came after four Sikhs refused last month to remove their kirpans while going to appear before the House committee.

"We need to choose one of these rights and, when you're in a secular state, you choose that freedom of religion has its limits," said Louise Beaudoin, member of the Opposition Parti Quebecois who introduced the motion.

However, the Quebec ban motion contradicts a 2006 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada which allowed Sikhs to carry kirpan under their clothing in public places.

There are seven Sikh MPs in the Canadian parliament and two of them—Navdeep Bains and Tim Uppal—wear the kirpan.