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The Lawyer's Daily


Quebec’s controversial Bill 62 could create a “slippery slope” to criminalizing Muslim women who cover their faces, said one legal mind during a panel discussion in Toronto Monday night.

Faisal Bhabha, an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, was one of five panellists gathered for The Niqab in Canada: Now What?, an event hosted by The Mosaic Institute and Raja Khouri Conversations and attended by around 100 people.

Monday evening’s talk, held inside the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall in the city’s downtown, comes in the wake of Quebec passing legislation requiring people to uncover their faces when providing or receiving public services in that province. Critics of the legislation, which came into effect in October and is now facing a Charter challenge, say it unfairly targets Quebec’s small number of devout Muslim women who cover their faces with a niqab or burka.


Article is written by Terry Davidson with commentary by Prof. Faisal Bhabha.