OC Transpo drivers on routes passing through Gatineau will refuse to observe Quebec's controversial religious neutrality law, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said Wednesday.

In a strongly worded letter to Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard, Watson called Bill 62 "regressive legislation" that discriminates against women.

Critics say the law violates the charter rights of Muslim women who chose to wear a niqab or burka. The bill, which passed last Wednesday, bans the wearing of such face coverings by anyone receiving public services, including public transit.

In his letter dated Tuesday, Watson pointed out that Ottawa residents regularly use public services across the Ottawa River.

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