PQ minister says face-coverings ban would extend to K-12, PSE students

March 24, 2014

Parti Québécois Minister Bernard Drainville says a majority Parti Québécois government would ban students from wearing religious face coverings while at public schools. Drainville says the prohibition is necessary “for reasons of security and identification, and would apply to all people receiving government services.” The minister made the statement a couple of weeks into an election campaign, and following the announcement of a controversial PQ secular charter bill that would see religious symbols banned from government workplaces. Several Quebec PSE institutions have denounced the bill, saying it runs counter to the values of their institutions. Huffington Post | National Post