How Will Watson Back Up OC Transpo Drivers On Bill 62?

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    Ken Gray

    It is easy to take a strong stand when someone else is facing the consequences.

    And that’s what Mayor Jim Watson has done with OC Transpo bus drivers refusing to honour Quebec’s Bill 62 (the face-uncovering law).

    What does Watson do if OC Transpo employees are charged? What if these city workers feel that it is important to uphold the rule of law?

    Watson is taking a strong stand — on other people’s backs.

    No sign of that in his release.



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    The Voter

    What would OC Transpo drivers be charged with? The Quebec law applies to people accessing or providing services offered by the Government of Quebec or a Quebec municipality. OC Transpo drivers and passengers don’t fall under the legislation since the transit company is an Ottawa municipal service and is regulated by the federal government.
    This is pure grandstanding by Watson – unless he knows something I don’t about the province of Quebec operating OC Transpo. It’s a good attempt to divert attention from his problems here in Ottawa though.

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    Ron Benn

    This may be a tempest in a teapot, given the clarifications issued by the Quebec minister who tabled the Bill. She is now saying that people wearing face coverings, and taking great pains to make clear that this involves a universe that is greater than just the niqab wearer, would not be refused a ride on a transit service. She did provide a caveat, notably that if the person without the fully exposed face needs direct interaction with the bus driver (my editorial comment – such as asking if the bus passes a specific intersection), then the driver could ask the person to reveal their face.

    Back to your comment Ken, you are correct. Mayor Watson leaves OC Transpo employees with all the risk, while he gets rewarded with votes in Ottawa. As usual, the risk/reward paradigm is skewed in favour of Mayor Watson.


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