Bill 94 was introduced to the National Assembly today
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Justice Minister Kathleen Weil introduced a bill in the National Assembly today that, if passed, would require anyone working for the government or receiving its services to do so with the face uncovered. Services include education, health and social services, and daycare.
The relevant section of the proposed law, Bill 94, reads:
"The practice whereby a personnel member of the Administration or an institution and a person to whom services are being provided by the Administration or the institution show their face during the delivery of services is a general practice.
"If an accommodation involves an adaptation of that practice and reasons of security, communication or identification warrant it, the accommodation must be denied."
Premier Jean Charest held a press conference today to announce the introduction of the bill, promised after the controversy over Immigration Ministry staff expelling a Montreal-area woman from government subsidized French classes for wearing a niqab. Justice Minister Kathleen Weil, Immigration Minister Yolande James, and Minister for Culture, Communication and the Feminine Condition, Christine St-Pierre were also present. The intent of the bill is to address not only reasonable accommodation, but the principles of gender equality and the "religious neutrality" of the Quebec government.
"Quebec bill would require uncovered faces" The Gazette