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Bill 62: Quebec Judge Deals Blow To Controversial Face-Covering Law

The law was passed in October.

12/01/2017 17:18 EST | Updated 12/02/2017 17:26 EST
The Canadian Press
A woman wears a niqab as she walks in Montreal on Sept. 9, 2013.

MONTREAL — A Quebec judge has temporarily stayed a key provision of the controversial law banning people from receiving or giving a public service with their face covered.

Superior Court Justice Babak Barin ruled today the article will be stayed until the province establishes rules under which people can apply for a religious accommodation to the legislation.

Bill 62 was passed in October and was criticized for targeting Muslim women because they are among the few people in society who wear face veils.

Law challenged by Canadian Muslims council


The law included a provision granting accommodations for religious grounds but it did not include the rules under which exemptions could be granted.

Quebec has given itself until next summer to establish guidelines for dealing with requests for religious accommodations.

Barin suggests in his ruling the law is not fully coherent or complete without clear rules establishing how people can be exempted from part of the legislation for religious reasons.

Quebec's law was challenged by the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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