CANADA: MUSLIM WOMEN HOPE TO ‘DISPEL MYTHS’ IN QUEBEC TOWN
HEROUXVILLE, Que. – A delegation of Muslim women is visiting a Quebec town that passed a controversial code aimed at immigrants.
The women were clad in traditional Muslim headscarves as they met with about 50 residents of Herouxville, where the town council passed the list of societal norms that would-be immigrants would have to adhere to.
Among the norms, a man cannot stone a woman to death and faces are not to be covered except at Halloween. Herouxville also says children shouldn’t carry weapons, including Sikh kirpans, to school.
Najat Boughaba says she’s in Herouxville to dispel myths about Muslims.
Town councillor Andre Drouin says the town is eager to welcome its visitors and show its residents are not racists.
The town council will discuss the norms at the next town meeting and will make changes if warranted but Drouin says the list will remain in place.