Quebec’s Bill 62 aims to impose religiously neutral public service

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Public hearings started Tuesday on Quebec’s religious neutrality legislation.

If passed, Bill 62 would ban face coverings – specifically niqabs – for public servants while they’re at work.

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Speaking at the hearings are a group representing women’s rights and the Quebec English School Boards Association.

The bill also aims to define the term “religious accommodations” and make it clear when and where an exception can be made.

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For example, it states that niqabs will “not be permitted when reasons of security or identification are involved.”

Bill 62 will also make sure subsidized childcare services do not teach specific religious practices.

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Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée revoked another bill she had on the table at the same time – Bill 59, which focused on hate speech – after the opposition criticized it for going too far.

Recently, the Parti Québécois did say they would support Bill 62.