Quebec justice minister apologizes for confusion around new face-covering law

Not banned…

Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée sought to clarify the province’s controversial face-covering ban on Tuesday, saying the law will only apply when it’s required for communication, identification or security reasons.

At a news conference that lasted more than an hour, Vallée explained how the new law will be implemented in specific cases.

  • moraywatson

    The time to say ‘no’ to totalitarian-supremacists is EVERY TIME. Another opportunity squandered.

    • David Murrell

      The Quebec government was feeling the heat, from the corporate media and English Canadian politicians, over this, all of whom like seeing women in burkas.

      • Alain

        When did the Quebec government ever bother with what English Canadian politicians said or did? Also when was it ever truly bothered by the corporate media? The answer is never ever. I have to wonder what kind of payoffs or blackmail were promised by the federal Liberals to ensure that short-pants does not suffer during the next election.

  • Alain

    That did not take long; the backing down I mean. I have a feeling that the law will just be ignored and not enforced for some reason.

    • Watchman

      “Vallée said the law is in effect and applies across the province. But she also said a Muslim woman wearing a niqab or burka would be eligible for an exemption to the law on religious grounds.”
      And there you have it. The ‘religious grounds’ exemption that will allow every niqab and burka wearing woman to evade the law while still allowing prosecution of people wearing sunglasses and scarves.

      • Alain

        In order words they wasted their time writing and passing a law without any meaning. When the only group guilty of hiding their face behind a mask is exempted, why even bother pretending?

        • Watchman

          Oh, the law is on the books – it’s just that the police and prosecution service will be instructed not to prosecute anyone. A key feature of any fascist state is a myriad of laws that allows the state to prosecute anyone they like but normally don’t. When the state has a dislike of you, all the previously unused laws will be brought to bear against you to crush you thoroughly. Anyone else who complains will be told, ‘Complain and you’re next.’

          This behaviour of the state was written about in the book, Three Felonies A Day,

  • Shebel

    Politicians sure are “afraid” of Muslims.
    What is that definition of ‘Islamophobia’ again ?

  • Fatima

    That’s Islamophobic!

    How am I going to collect my welfare payments/Jizya under my 4 sets of identification if I have to start showing my face?