Muslims angered by niqab ban proposal
Barring women who wear the niqab from receiving government services or an education will chase them out of universities and the workplace and into the shadows, Muslim groups charged Thursday. “It will isolate them more and more and bring a disastrous result,” said Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal. Elmenyawi said Quebec was bowing to anti-minority sentiments that have swept the province in recent weeks after the removal of an Egyptian woman from government language classes for wearing a niqab. “It is a very slippery slope to legislate measures which could encroach on the rights of minorities. It could open the floodgates to discrimination,” he warned. He said the council will seek legal advice on Bill 94’s implications and possible recourse.