Big issue; surprised it hasn't made more of the news.
Quebec niqab bill would make Muslim women unveil - thestar.com
Basically, what this means is that if a woman in Quebec is wearing a niqab or any other face covering, she will not be able to consult a doctor, go to school, get a driver's license, or work in a job that deals directly with the public.Critics of the niqab say they subjugate women and their right to equality.
After a woman was removed this month from a French-language class for refusing to remove her niqab, Christine St-Pierre, Quebec's minister responsible for the status of women, called niqabs "ambulatory prisons."
On Wednesday, St-Pierre said Quebec was a "world leader" when it comes to gender equality, and with Bill 94, "we prove it once again."
The legislation doesn't stop at driver's licence or health card offices. It encompasses nearly every public and para-public institution as well, including universities, school boards, hospitals, community health and daycare centres.
Back when France did this, I was almost 100% opposed to the idea. Then I started swaying to the other side when I realized that it made sense.
We had a discussion about this in one of my classes the other day. A muslim woman that sits a few rows ahead of me said that if she was pulled over by an officer while speeding, she would not take off her niqab for him so he could identify her through her driver's license. I told her she'd probably be arrested. She said she didn't care, and that she should have the right to deny showing her face to the cop. I said she was crazy. She glared at me, which scared me a bit because she's much, much bigger than me.
Anyway, is this religious oppression? or does it make sense to you?