In 2010, the Liberal government of Jean Charest introduced Bill 94, which would have required people to uncover their faces to identify themselves before receiving any government services. The legislation died when the Liberals were defeated in the 2012 election.
In 2013, the Parti Quebecois government of Pauline Marois introduced a much stricter bill known as the Quebec Charter of Values, which banned public servants from wearing any "conspicuous" religious symbols including turbans, kippas, and hijabs. The Charter was widely denounced for targeting Muslim women, and it failed to become law before another election.
The current Liberal government's Bill 62 has been winding its way through the National Assembly for two years.
Minister Vallée told CBC Radio the bill wasn’t about targeting any religious minority, but was rather about having people’s faces visible, including protesters, for example.
“We’re talking about having the face uncovered," she said. "It’s not what is covering the face."