Ottawa Citizen

Muslims angered by niqab ban proposal

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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.

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