[Kashif Ahmed lives in Calgary and is the national board member of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations.]
“I endured them then and now I have to endure them again,” stated a Quebecer, referring to Muslims as he recently spoke before a public commission set up by Quebec to examine what constitutes unreasonable accommodation of minorities.
His comments apparently raised no eyebrows in the room — then again, Islamophobia is becoming rampant in la belle provence. Media street interviews with ordinary Quebecers during the recent veiled voting controversy revealed that most thought Muslims were imposing their beliefs on society. Nothing could be farther from both truth and reality.
Elections Canada’s legitimate position that Muslim women wearing face veils can vote by providing identification like any other Canadian in upcoming Quebec federal byelections has sparked a gratuitous debate, which has been anything but civil. (MORE)