Quebec’s controversial new bill, Bill 62, better known as the “face-veil ban” is now law in the province.
Deemed an infringement on civil liberties and unconstitutional, Bill 62 is divisive, at best. But what is Justin Trudeau and the federal government going to do about Bill 62?
Not much, probably.
The Prime Minister made a comment alluding to his own dislike of Bill 62 yesterday.
Then Trudeau backtracked a bit, basically saying it’s up to the provinces to govern themselves. Trudeau’s not wrong. Still, it’s a soft stance on an issue that is dividing many in Quebec and beyond.
But even if the federal government decided to take action against Bill 62, there isn’t all that much they can really do.
Trudeau can’t void a low passed by the Quebec government.
There is another course of action the federal government can take.
A legal expert speaking to Global News said that the Trudeau government can take an active role in court challenges to Bill 62.
Challenging Bill 62 in court is a process that needs to be started by a Quebec citizen, but that seems like a likelihood. Enough people are already angry over Bill 62 and its implications, so there’s almost a guarantee someone is going to challenge it.
And when that happens, the Trudeau government can fast-track the challenge, making it move up through the Canadian court system at a faster rate.
Normally, getting a case taken to the Supreme Court of Canada, the highest legal body in the country, could take years. But with the federal government playing a role, things could move far more swiftly.
To do so, the federal government would need to work with the Quebec government a bit and decide on aspects of Bill 62 that will be discussed in court ASAP.
Then the federal government would need to send a “reference question” to the court, says Global’s source. From there, a quicker ruling could unfold, one that technically wouldn’t be law but would most likely be followed by Quebec’s political leaders.
This is all speculation, of course, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Hopefully the federal government will step in at some point, especially if a court challenge is made, because a bill that’s dividing Canadians should be addressed by the body meant to unite the nation.