NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he has hopes that Bill 62 will be challenged

The Quebec government’s Bill 62 on religious neutrality passed a vote Wednesday morning in Quebec’s National Assembly.

The bill bans public workers including doctors, teachers and daycare workers as well as those receiving a service from the government from wearing the niqab, burka or any other face covering. It was extended to municipal services, including public transit, in an amendment made in August.

Jagmeet Singh says he’s “completely opposed” to Quebec’s new and controversial law that would effectively force Muslim women who wear a niqab or burka to uncover their faces to use or provide public services, but he’s confident the legislation will be challenged.

Singh believes that this law violates human rights.He says, “Fundamentally, we can’t have the state telling people what to wear, what not to wear.”

The bill aims to clearly establish the “neutrality of the state” and is necessary for “communication reasons, identification reasons and security reasons,” says Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée .