Ref­er­en­dum un­der­way on Que­bec City Mus­lim ceme­tery project

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

SAINT-APOL­LI­NAIRE, Que. — A ref­er­en­dum was un­der­way Sun­day to de­ter­mine whether the Que­bec City re­gion gets its first ceme­tery owned and op­er­ated by its Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

The pro­posed burial site is lo­cated in Saint-Apol­li­naire, a town of 6,000 about 35 kilo­me­tres south­west of Que­bec City. Only 49 peo­ple are el­i­gi­ble to vote be­cause only those liv­ing or work­ing near the pro­posed site get to cast a bal­lot. Op­po­nents of the project say Mus­lims should be buried in Is­lamic sec­tions of ex­ist­ing ceme­ter­ies.

But Que­bec City Mus­lims say their com­mu­nity de­serves the same rights as all other re­li­gious groups, which have their own sec­tar­ian burial grounds.

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