Quebec premier defends hijab ban, says people should be able to see each other during conversation
QUEBEC: (Christians Times) – A new law has on Wednesday been passed in the Quebec assembly that effectively bans Niqab for the Muslim women while the Quebec premier Philippe Couillard has defended the bill saying that there was nothing wrong with it since people must know who they were talking to who was talking to them.
“We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that,” Philippe said.
The law was voted against by all the parties except the majority Liberal party which had tabled the bill. All the other parties accused the bill of being discriminatory and against the rights of the common Muslims.
On the other hand, Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée said that law certainly aimed at making all the citizens equal before the law and was a major step towards establishing the ‘neutrality of the state’.
The law has also been criticised by the mayor of the Montreal Denis Coderre, who says that the provincial government was clearly overstepping in the case since they were completely removed from the ground realities and the multicultural of the city he governed.
On the other hand, the Liberals were also accused of ‘ugly identity politics’ as National Council of Canadian Muslims expressed deep concern over the bill.
Meanwhile, several lawyers have said that the bill would certainly be challenged in the court as a prominent rights activist and lawyers Julius Greay termed the bill as a ‘terrible law’. NDP leader at the federal level Jagmeet Singh also said that he was completely opposed to the bill.