(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in Canada agree with Quebec’s proposal to instruct people to show their faces in order to receive government services, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 80 per cent of respondents approve of this legislation.

Earlier this month, the Quebec government introduced Bill 94. Under this new legislation, Muslim women who wear a niqab would not be able to consult a doctor in a hospital or attend classes in a university unless they remove their face veil.

Quebec immigration minister Yolande James discussed the bill, saying, "To work in the Quebec public service or to receive the services of the Quebec state, your face has to be uncovered."

Opposition Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois questioned the legislation, saying, "It doesn’t solve the question of reasonable accommodation for religious reasons."

Polling Data

As you may know, Quebec has introduced legislation which requires people to show their faces in order to receive government services, for reasons of identification, security and communication. Under this new legislation, Muslim women who wear a niqab would not be able to consult a doctor in a hospital or attend classes in a university unless they remove their face veil. From what you have seen, read or heard, do you approve or disapprove of this law?

Approve

80%

Disapprove

16%

Not sure

4%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,004 Canadian adults, conducted on Mar. 25 and Mar. 26, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)