Almost 70% of Canadians Want Quebec’s Niqab Ban in Their Province
The majority of Canadians outside of Quebec would support having a similar ban on face-coverings in their province, a new survey has found.
The survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for Global News, found that 68 per cent of Canadian adults would either strongly or somewhat back the religious neutrality law in their part of the country.
Quebec’s Bill 62 was passed by the province’s Liberal government last week, requiring residents giving and receiving public services to do so with their faces uncovered — services such as taking the bus, or borrowing a library book.
Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée defended the controversial law, saying it is necessary for security and communication reasons. Many advocates have pointed out that it largely targets a small minority of Muslim women who wear the niqab.
But the law has widespread support inside the province, with 76 per cent of Quebecers backing the law, and 24 per cent opposing it.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated that he doesn’t support the law but stopped short of saying whether the federal government will take any action.
“I don’t think a government should be telling a woman what to wear or not wear,” the prime minister said Wednesday.
Other politicians have also spoken out against the law. But it seems support for the law is rather strong among Canadians in general.
In British Columbia, 69 per cent of respondents said they would support a similar law, while 31 per cent said they would not. Albertans also supported Quebec’s move at 64 per cent, with 36 per cent opposed.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents agreed with their other western counterparts, with 69 per cent backing the law and 31 per cent opposing. Sixty-six per cent of Ontarians said they would support a similar law in their province, while 34 per cent said they would not.