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SAINT-FELIX-DE-VALOIS, Que. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau may prefer to keep the conversations light on the campaign trail today, but some Quebec residents are forcing him to discuss his stance on the province’s controversial secularism law.

Trudeau began his day of whistle stops in rural Quebec by dropping into a restaurant in Mascouche with his daughter Ella-Grace to shake hands with francophone voters.

Several locals bent Trudeau’s ear on Quebec’s Bill 21, a new law that bars public servants in positions of authority from wearing any religious symbols.

A few people told Trudeau they disagreed with his position on the bill, including Sylvain Chartier who said he didn’t feel Trudeau was standing up for Quebecers.

Trudeau has said he doesn’t agree with the law, but that a Liberal government hasn’t any immediate plans to get involved in an active legal challenge to the legislation. 

Later at a Tim Hortons in Saint-Felix-de-Valois, Trudeau got a vote of confidence when local resident Claude Labbe told him to stand his ground and “not give up” on Bill 21.

The Canadian Press

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