Even before it was tabled, pundits were calling it "Charter-Lite" — an ill-conceived and unnecessary attempt to solve the unsolvable and once again put identity issues on the Quebec front page at the expense of a handful of women.

But the language of the Quebec government's proposed Bill 62, which calls for people offering and receiving public services to do so with faces uncovered, has met for the most part with quiet approval.

Amira Elghawaby, Human Rights Coordinator at the National Council of Canadian Muslims, says on the face of it, the bill, which leaves room for exceptions, seems balanced.

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