About time… Quebec passes law prohibiting Muslim women from wearing niqab while using public services

Quebec has adopted a law that would force Muslim women who wear a niqab or burka to uncover their faces to use public services.

The Liberal government’s Bill 62 on religious neutrality was put to a vote Wednesday morning in Quebec’s National Assembly.

The Liberals, who hold a majority in provincial parliament, voted in favour of the bill, while all the other parties voted against.

A small victory but an important one. Now if only we had a party at the federal level as aware of Islam’s danger.

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  • andycanuck

    Twitterers are blaming the Conservatives (and Harper still) for the Quebec Liberal government’s actions by the way.

    • Alain

      Of course anything to avoid the truth.

    • Pretty funny given a Liberal government passed it.

    • Yeah, that must be it.

      Everyone knows that the Quebeckers never think of these things.

  • barryjr

    Good if I have to take off my balaclava when I go into a business when it’s -35 they can remove their disguise.

    • Alain

      If I understand this correctly it does not apply to businesses only government services, so it may still be interesting.

      • Yup only on access to government services.

        • tom_billesley

          I think they should make an exception for one public service – deportation.

      • JoKeR
      • k1962

        Yeah, like riding the bus. Let’s see how that works.

      • barryjr

        True it applies to provincial and municipal services, but here in BC we have to remove facial coverings to go in banks, liquor distribution outlets, bars, casinos, and other private businesses or they won’t serve us. Make it mandatory in the interest of public safety to remove all facial coverings in all public spaces and businesses.

  • Fatima

    That’s racist!

    If I have to show my face how am I going to collect my welfare payments using my 4 different sets of identification?

    • Ottawa Eyes

      Use what most of you scammers do, Direct Deposit.

  • tom_billesley

    What if they self-identify as men. Is that a loophole?

  • k1962

    Quebec only gets away with it because they’re Quebec. I don’t think any other province would pass such a law and neither would the feds. Look how Kellie Leitch was almost tarred and feathered for suggesting something similar. We are doomed. I guess we could all move to Quebec, lol. But then they would probably bar that somehow.

    • JoKeR

      Are you willing to accept that Quebec is a Haitian province?

      • k1962

        I actually don’t want to move there and it’s not just because of the Haitians.

    • disqusW6sf

      Quebec is privileged.

    • Alain

      Even though I would never move back there after leaving in 1984 I disagree that Quebec gets away with this only because it is Quebec. Any other provincial government or the federal government could do the same, but it seems they have sold us out. Quebec is also the only government willing to invoke the notwithstanding clause when needed. The other provinces and the federal government could do the same, but refuse to use it. Even Harper refused to use it. What I am saying is that the same option was and is open to the rest of the country, but as you point out the disgusting attacks on Kellie Leitch for suggesting much the same thing. Those attacks were not limited to opposition party members but many came from other so-called Conservatives.

      Having said that I do agree that Quebec gets special treatment when it comes to a lot of things, but this time it isn’t the case.

      • k1962

        I agree with you that the other provinces and the federal government could, but won’t. For now, Quebec still has a majority culture that they want to protect and not enough progressives to prevent them from acting.

  • WalterBannon

    Quebec should have gone further and Passed a Law Prohibiting Islam.

    • John Boy

      Humanity should do that.

    • Alain

      Quebec will come to regret making the ability to communicate in French its priority when accepting immigrants when that package includes Islam.

  • Make an unveiled face a condition for citizenship.

  • DMB
    • Alain

      It was the same crap when it was Mulcair. I am referring to Harper banning hiding one’s face for the swearing in of citizenship, and the federal Liberals were in the same boat. That in spite of it being clear that Quebecers did not like people hiding their face. Whatever since no matter what I have never and would never vote NDP or Liberal at the federal level. Also, Singh ignores the notwithstanding clause and Quebec’s history concerning its use.