Alberta's premier says Quebec legislation that bans people from providing or receiving public services with their faces covered represents a sad day for Canada.

The controversial religious neutrality bill passed on Wednesday and will apply even while riding the bus.

The law has been criticized for targeting Muslim women, but Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette says the legislation was, in his word, "democracy in action."

Speaking after a health ministers meeting in Edmonton, Barrette said the legislation reflects public opinion in Quebec.

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