Quebec outlaws beards and balaclavas

Winter weather bundlers, smog dodgers, germophobes, and Asian people… you’re all under arrest.

“I really don’t think they’ve thought it through,” Danielle Boulware said, referring to the Quebec National Assembly’s passage of Bill 62.

The Ottawa paralegal has been looking carefully into the implications of the law, which will require anyone using public services to uncover their faces. A married mother of two, Boulware sees immediate problems for her family.

“I can’t see my husband’s epic beard surviving, unless he quits his civil service job in Hull. Under his mop of hair, it’s really just his eyes that are visible . ‘Hijab head’, his friends tease him.”

She also fears for her two children.

“How am I going to take them on public transit this winter? With my son in his balaclava and my daughter’s face wrapped with a scarf to protect her from the windchill, we’ll be freezing in the bus shelter and undressing at every transfer.  And no more trips to costume parties, or trick or treating in public spaces in Gatineau.”

Thanks Quebec. You ruined Halloween, too.

Sebastian Panache

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