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Ottawa 'carefully' reviewing constitutional challenge of Quebec's face-covering law

Ottawa 'carefully' reviewing constitutional challenge of Quebec's face-covering law
From CBC - November 7, 2017

The federal government says it'sreviewingthe recently launched constitutional challenge toQuebec's controversial face-covering ban.

A coalition ofMuslim and civil liberty groups filed the complaint in Quebec Superior Court on Tuesday.

The challenge contests portionsof Quebec's religious neutrality law under both Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms andthe Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The law requires those giving or receiving public services to do so with their faces uncovered.

"We have been following the progress of Bill 62 and appreciate the importance of the issues it raises. As the prime minister has said, we do not believe that the government should be telling people what they can and cannot wear," said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould in statement.

"We are aware that an application has been filed in Quebec and we are reviewing it carefully.As Attorney General of Canada, I am committed to upholding the rights of all Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

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