A new law that would effectively force Muslim women who wear a niqab or burka to uncover their faces to use public services is based on a principle "the vast majority of Canadians, and not just Quebecers" can agree on, Premier Philippe Couillard said.
The Liberal government's Bill 62 on religious neutrality was passed Wednesday in Quebec's National Assembly.
"We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face," Couillard told reporters.
"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."