Rather than excluding people who wear certain religious garb, Quebecers should reach out and get to know them, religious leaders said Friday at a panel discussion on how to promote intercultural harmony.

Representatives of five faiths were unanimous in criticizing Bill 62, which requires anyone giving or receiving government services in Quebec to uncover his or her face.

While the provincial bill, passed last month, does not specifically name the niqab, it is understood to target the small minority of Muslim women who wear the face veil.

Representatives of the Jewish, Innu, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Muslim faiths took part in the discussion at the Grand Séminaire, a seminary for Catholic priests on Sherbrooke St. W.

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