Referendum underway on Quebec City Muslim cemetery project
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.