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No consensus among Quebec political parties as Bill 62 hearings end
by Caroline Plante
Four weeks of National Assembly hearings into religious neutrality have once again failed to bring political parties in Quebec to a consensus.
Rather, the hearings ended Tuesday with the Liberals, Parti Québécois and Coalition Avenir Québec basically sticking to their respective positions on the place of religion and minorities in the province.
Bill 62 aims to bar people from wearing face coverings when giving or receiving a public service, and proposes guidelines for religious accommodations.
The bill is a lighter version of the PQ's 2013 controversial charter of Quebec values, which, if adopted, would have banned all ostentatious religious symbols from the public service.
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