Fighting for Equality in Quebec

Fighting for Equality, Quebec, State Religious Neutrality Law

When Muslim women heard about a law that would require them to show their faces before they can access public services, they were outraged. They decided to demonstrate in metro stations wearing face masks and scarves. This happened in the Canadian province of Quebec. One of the women who attended the demonstrations is Warda Niali. Despite being born in Quebec, she decided to convert to Islam 14 years ago. When talking to the Times, she mentioned that she never rides in the bus alone for the fear that she will lose her nerves when people throw hateful comments at her. She said that she was outraged by the latest efforts to make Muslim women show their faces. Ms. Niali who is 33 at the moment said that she didn’t want to live the life of a monochrome. While speaking in fluent French, she told the crowd that she wanted to be part of the rich culture of the Quebec region. She further said that the province of Canada is the only region in Canada that shows the true symbol of the country’s multiculturalism. She further added a list of the things that she wanted. They include LGBTQI, straights, punks, and Antifa.

She further lamented that this had been the case in Canada which is known for trumpeting over multiculturalism the same way other nations do with their national anthems. However, the case is different in Quebec which is the only French majority province in Canada. A professor at the University of Montreal who specializes in religious studies said that French Canadians in the province of Quebec have developed a reputation of behaving like psychologically embattled people. The professor is known as Patrice Brodeur. She further said that despite being the majority in the province, they forget that they are the minority in the continent. As a result, they have to play victim at all times. The new law was regarded as State Religious Neutrality Law. The law has arisen from an angry debate that has been ongoing in the region for quite some time. In fact, people have been debating about the issue for the last 20 years. The debate seems to be far from over after the law was blocked by the governing party, the same party that had drafted the law. What remains at the center of the debate is how French Catholics and traditional whites can put their differences to respect the immigrants.

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