RCMP stops us­ing ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate’ screen­ing doc­u­ment aimed at Mus­lims

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

A spokesman for Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale says an RCMP ques­tion­naire that sin­gled out Mus­lim asy­lum seek­ers has been deemed in­ap­pro­pri­ate and taken out of cir­cu­la­tion.

The ques­tion­naire was used at the Que­bec bor­der cross­ing that saw an in­flux of thou­sands of asy­lum seek­ers from the U.S. this sum­mer.

Among other things, the ques­tion­naire asked opin­ions about free­dom of re­li­gious prac­tice, head cov­er­ings as­so­ci­ated with Mus­lim women and ter­ror­ist groups with mainly Mus­lim mem­bers.

A copy of the ques­tion­naire was given to The Cana­dian Press by Toronto lawyer Clif­ford McCarten.

Pub­lic Safety Spokesman Scott Bardsley says the depart­ment was im­me­di­ately con­cerned when it learned of the doc­u­ment be­cause some ques­tions were in­ap­pro­pri­ate and not con­sis­tent with govern­ment pol­icy.

Bardsley says the RCMP has sus­pended use of the ques­tion­naire.

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