Calgary councillors have unanimously passed a motion that opposes Quebec's religious symbols law.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says it's important for the City to take a stand, and to tell its own citizens of minority faiths that council stands for them and by them.

Bill 21 came into effect in June and prohibits public servants deemed to be in positions of authority -- including teachers, judges and police officers -- from wearing religious symbols. Critics say it unfairly targets Muslims, Sikhs, and other religious minorities.

Nenshi says he will forward council's motion to all mayors across the country. 

Nenshi is not the only politician to voice concerns. In June Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister brought his concerns forward to a meeting of western premiers in Edmonton. 

"That is, certainly to my mind, dangerous and un-Canadian and deserves to be opposed," Pallister said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

"We are not a two-tier-rights country.

"We're not a country that celebrates sameness. We celebrate diversity, and we need to make sure that we don't restrict people's freedoms, whether it's speech or movement or religion."