OTTAWA, CANADA – 11/03/2005) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) will address recent comments made by members of Quebec’s provincial assembly on faith-based arbitration at a Montreal lecture tonight. The Montreal gazette today reported that prominent Quebec politicians stated that Islamic family law arbitration has no place in Canada and that Muslim immigrants who favour such a system should be denied entry into Canada.
CAIR-CAN today denounced the comments as bordering on xenophobia and betraying a deep ignorance of the law as it relates to faith-based arbitration. It also asked the MNAs whether they could deny entry to Jewish and Christian immigrants who would choose to abide by faith-based arbitration. CAIR-CAN today called on Quebec Premier Jean Charest to assure Muslims of this province that they will be welcome as fellow Quebecers without having to give up their faith.
WHAT: Lecture – Myths and Realities: Islamic Tribunals in Canada Speakers: Dr. Jamal Badawi & Riad Saloojee, LLB WHEN: Friday March 11 @ 7:00pm
WHERE: Montreal, Concordia University, Hall Building, Room 110 CONTACT: Abdurahman Salman at 613-254-9704; Cell: 613-795-2012
Note: CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee will be available for commentary prior to the lecture.