Que­bec mayor won’t rein­tro­duce Mus­lim ceme­tery project

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — The mayor of the Que­bec town whose cit­i­zens re­jected a Mus­lim ceme­tery project says he isn’t ready to make res­i­dents re­live the ex­pe­ri­ence. Saint-Apol­li­naire Mayor Bernard Ouel­let said Mon­day he doesn’t have plans to in­voke a new Que­bec law giv­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties more power in or­der to rein­tro­duce the project to vot­ers. A pro­posal to es­tab­lish the Que­bec City area’s first Mus­lim-run ceme­tery was de­feated in a ref­er­en­dum Sun­day by a vote of 19 to 16.

Lead­ers in the city’s Mus­lim com­mu­nity have said they plan to ask politi­cians to use a new law per­mit­ting mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to forgo ref­er­en­dums on devel­op­ment projects in or­der to bring the pro­posal once again be­fore cit­i­zens.

Ouel­let says a mi­nor­ity of Saint-Apol­li­naire vot­ers have been stressed over the past few months af­ter be­ing so­licited from all sides. The land for the pro­posed ceme­tery is lo­cated in a sparsely pop­u­lated area 35 kilo­me­tres south­west of Que­bec City.

Ouel­let says he un­der­stands the frus­tra­tion of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity but he isn’t in­ter­ested in us­ing the new law to rein­tro­duce the project.

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