Quebec has finally taken a stand against it's Islamic and Muslim communities. This debate has been going on for years in Europe with little success.
Remove the burqa and the niqab (veil)
Jean Charest the feisty Premier of Quebec facing fierce opposition, announced today Bill 94 which will ban the burqa and niqab or any other face covering from any public building (hospitals, courts, school etc.): "This is a symbol of affirmation and respect, first of all for ourselves and also for those to whom we open our arms!"
In retaliation: The Muslim Council of Montreal say there are only about 25 people in Quebec who cover their faces with a burqa or niqab. They wonder why such a small portion of the population is being singled out.
The burqa and niqab have been a symbol of western anti-democratic ideology and gender relations. Stemming from the Cultural preservation, The Quiet Revolution of the 60's which is still strong in Quebec.
Drawing a line on Reasonable Accommodation.
Quebec an Xenophobe
Quebec polls indicate it to be Xenophobia (fear of other countries) and maybe a little racist as compared to other Canadian polls. Wanting to stay a distinct society, culturally isolated in North America from threats of cultural dilution.
All new comers to Quebec will have to adhere to the new laws. It won't take long for the rest of Canada to follow suit.
The Hijab is exempt. (the scarf that covers the head but not the face.)
I give Quebec credit, for showing leadership in this matter.
Here's an interesting fact: In Dubai, an ambassador had his marriage annulled when he discovered his new bride had cross-eyes and facial hair. True story.