While Quebec's new law prohibiting face coverings has faced criticism, there is also strong support for it within the province.

In one resident's view, the legislation, which effectively forces Muslim women to remove the burqa or niqab while receiving public services, comes down to a matter of safety and respect.

"I think it is a question of security," said Pierrette Delande, who lives in Saint-Hyacinthe, a small city west of Montreal.

"I think we should be able to see the face of the person we're talking to."

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