The Public Service Alliance of Canada is deeply concerned with the passing of Bill 62, the “Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality”, by the Quebec National Assembly. The legislation bans provincial and municipal public service workers, as well as those who receive these public services, from wearing face coverings.
Although the Quebec government argues this legislation does not intend to target any specific religion, in reality, it will disproportionately impact Muslim women who wear a face veil, such as the niqab.
This legislation is an infringement on religious freedom and is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This legislation will impact the ability of these women to access public services at municipal and provincial levels, including hospitals and other health care services, schools and daycares, public transit, and police services.
PSAC calls on the Quebec government to rescind this Islamaphobic law as soon as possible and restore the religious rights of one of the most marginalized groups in Quebec and Canada.