The Quebec English School Boards Association argued on the first day of Bill 62 hearings that schools are well equipped to deal with religious-accommodation requests, and that the bill is "useless."
The proposed legislation aims to ban people from wearing face coverings when giving or receiving a public service. It also proposes guidelines for religious accommodations in the province.
"We don't need it," said Stephen Burke, a QESBA board member. "We can complicate everything in life ... but we're nine school boards, 340 schools, 100,000 students — it's not a lot. We don't have time to fight."