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Montreal, Quebec, August 15th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its concern today over the recent comments by Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois, announcing her intention to ban the hijab, kirpan and kippah from the work place for public servants, should her party win the upcoming provincial election.
“Such a move would absolutely violate both the Quebec and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and it is preposterous for her to even suggest such a thing,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM “Instead of focusing on the real issues that Quebecers are concerned about, such as our economic problems, health care, education and corruption, the PQ is fixated on spreading xenophobic ideas in a desperate attempt to regain power through spreading hate and Islamaphobia, curbing rights, manufacturing crisis and dividing our society.”
“We strongly advise all Quebecers to make a conscious decision and send a strong message this election to the PQ, that such bigoted sentiment and targeting of religious communities are not acceptable. The PQ claims to be concerned with protecting the values of Quebec, yet they care nothing for the rights and freedoms that our nation was founded upon and are only fueled by spreading racism, hate and discrimination. It is unfortunate to see those who wish to be leaders more obsessed with creating social division than social harmony.”
MCM encourages all Quebecers who are eligible to vote to ensure they are registered to do so and to exercise their democratic right on September 4th, 2012. For more information about the elections, including when and where to vote and the candidates of your riding, please visit http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.
Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)
Ph.: (514) 748-8427