The federal Liberals and the Bloc Québécois also requested such a reversal, to demand that all voters be required to show their faces in order to vote, even those whose faces are normally covered for religious reasons.They joined other federal and provincial politicians from Quebec who attacked the decision.While most residents in Quebec have identified as Catholic on surveys, the province has become increasingly secular, with declining rates of church attendance.The provincial government has worked to reach an accommodation with the Roman Catholic Church on guidelines for conversion or disposal of underused churches.He noted that Quebec's National Assembly had voted to forbid Muslim women from voting if they would not reveal their faces as a confirmation of identity.The national Conservative government challenged Elections Canada to review this decision.This fact was echoed by Salam Elmenyawi of the Muslim Council of Montreal.
The study's coauthor, Danielle Zietsma, was reported to have cautioned that she and her colleagues would need some time to conduct the analyses necessary to explain the basis of these findings.
The conservative ADQ party appeared to gain support from these debates.
It formed the official opposition in the provincial legislature for one term from 2007 to 2008, until the increasing prominence of the global economic crisis relegated reasonable accommodation to an issue of less importance.
Sarah Elgazzar, an advocate for the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations in Montreal, declared that it is improbable that very many Muslim women will have hidden faces when voting.
Elgazzar insisted that women using niqabs usually take them off to distinguish themselves and do not sport them for photo IDs.