Quebec premier defends proposed legislation banning face-covering attire for certain civic employees and toughening consequences for hate speech
- Premier Philippe Couillard indicated that the legislation under consideration by Quebec lawmakers would ban face coverings on public servants in roles requiring face-to-face engagement with the public.
- The draft legislation is a narrower version of the previous government’s proposal to ban the wearing of religious symbols by all public servants.
- The current draft of the hate speech law creates a Human Rights Tribunal, which would oversee investigations and punitive actions for individuals inciting violence against vulnerable groups.
“The role of the government is to draw a line in the sand. … This issue of face covering for me has very little to do with religion, and a lot to do about the image of women, the status of women in our society. Showing your face is the essence of communication.”
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