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Religious accommodations debate roars back to life as Bill 62 public hearings begin
by Caroline Plante
The religious neutrality debate that has split Quebecers since 2007, and that the Liberals have been desperate to avoid, is coming to a head. On Tuesday, Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée will launch public hearings into Bill 62, the Liberals' proposed legislation banning Quebecers from giving or receiving a public service with their faces covered.
Opposition parties at the National Assembly will argue the bill doesn't go far enough, and, at the very least, people in a position of authority, such as judges, police officers and prison guards, should be forbidden to wear religious symbols at work.
That includes kippahs, turbans and hijabs.
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