Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée shed some much needed light on Bill 62 yesterday, outlining exactly how the new province-wide ban on face-coverings is actually going to function. 

Speaking at a new conference in Quebec city, Vallée said Quebec citizens wearing some sort of face-covering will only need to remove their apparel for a brief moment when accessing public services. 

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Veiled individuals must only remove their face-covering when using a photo ID to access a public service. Afterwards, the individual can go back to covering their face. 

So, for example, if a woman wearing a niqab needs to flash their metro card to get on the bus, the niqab needs to come off. Once the public service employee matches the photo ID to the person, the niqab can go back on. 

Same scenario applies to when taking out a book at the library or going to the doctor. 

The “interaction” was stressed as most important by Vallée, reiterating that once the initial identification is carried out, a Quebec citizen is free to ride the bus, peruse stacks of books at the library, or wait on their doctor’s appointment while fully veiled. 

Vallée seems to be going back on her previous statements, where she said that anyone wearing a face-covering (niqab, sunglasses, ski mask) would need to unveil themselves for “the duration that the service is being provided.” 

The flip-flop on Bill 62’s implementation wasn’t lost to other politicians, who were quick to criticize Vallée's reversal. 

Better yet, Quebec Solidaire took the opportunity to point out the inherent hypocrisy of Bill 62. 

Quebec Solidaire tabled a motion yesterday that asks to remove the crucifix overlooking the province’s National Assembly, reports CTV

If Quebec wants to be religiously neutral, the publicized impetus for enacting Bill 62, then the Catholic symbol featuring a crucified Jesus on a cross should be removed. 

Unsurprisingly, the National Assembly didn’t support the motion. Quebec politicians argued that the crucifix isn’t hanging over the speaker’s chair for religious reasons, it’s a cultural symbol linked to the province’s historical roots. 

Gotta love double-standard secularity, where the symbols of one religion is deemed “okay” while others are ousted and outlawed. 

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