Quebec City approves cemetery for Muslims
Muslims in Quebec City are going to have their own cemetery after all.
The cemetery will be located on a parcel of land of about 6,000 square metres the city is selling for about $270,000 plus taxes, Mayor Regis Labeaume and members of the Muslim community said at a news conference Friday.
It is expected to be ready this fall.
The news came just three weeks after a proposal aimed at setting up a Muslim cemetery in a town southwest of Quebec City was defeated in a referendum by a 19-16 margin.
Quebec City’s Muslims have been looking for a cemetery for two decades, but made a renewed push after they completed the payment for the city’s main mosque in 2011.
It was there in January that a gunman shot dead six men in the main prayer hall and injured 19 others. The mosque’s Mohamed Labidi praised Labeaume for keeping his promise to forge ahead with plans for the cemetery.
“It’s a great day,” Labidi said. “It is a historic day for Quebec City.” Boufeldja Benabdallah, interim co-ordinator of the cemetery project, also welcomed the news.
“Earlier, Mr. Labeaume was praising the land and its beauty,” he said. “I told him, ‘You’re going to push us to die earlier because we want to take advantage of the land.’ It’s just to say there is joy today and we are all going to die in peace and with respect.”