It’s ‘too inflammatory,’ federal Liberals tread carefully on Quebec’s niqab law, eyes on 2019 election
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government was 'looking very carefully at what tools we have and what steps we have to make sure that we make this situation better for everyone.' At that point, he did not rule out participating in a legal challenge against Bill 62.
•Quebec Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès told reporters just after the bill was released on Oct. 18 that she presumed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would participate in a legal challenge against it. Last week, stuck to the party line.
•Former Quebec Conservative adviser and now lobbyist Daniel Bernier says there's 'nothing to gain' for federal lawmakers if they step into the mess.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer have all weighed in on Quebec's new law banning face-covering garments for those interacting with or as public servants, but stopped short of calling on the Quebec government to change or revoke the law. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
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