Ex-Liberal Houda-Pépin tables her own anti-fundamentalism bill

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La Pinière MNA Fatima Houda-Pepin, who left the Liberal party in an argument with party brass over a piece of Muslim headgear called a chador, has tabled her own anti-fundamentalism bill in the National Assembly.

Houda-Pepin, who now sits as an independent, says her version of the secularism charter had been a source of friction with her Liberal colleagues.

Her bill would ban polygamy, forces marriages based on religion, genital mutilation, and religious symbols for judges, police officers and prison guards.

The chador, niqab, and burqa would be banned for all other civil servants.

The bill also says people would not be allowed to use their religious conviction to contest education programs or pull their children from schools.

The sole Muslim in the National Assembly says fundamentalism is not an imaginary issue.

"It is a real problem. Also, I suggested we can create a research center." she says, referring to her idea of setting up a research group to investigate what is happening on the ground.

The bill is warmly received by the PQ, who is already saying they're ready to hear from Houda-Pepin about adopting parts of her bill.

"We've always said we're always open to improving the charter," said minister Bernard Drainville, while maintaining he isn't open to fundamentally changing it.

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  1. GT posted on 02/12/2014 03:25 PM
    She must either be very naive or very stupid. She has wiped out the benefits of pariseau's jabs at the PQ and the possibility of bringing down this PQ government who is hell bent on erasing all that is not to their liking. Thank you Houda for detroying any hope of salvaging a better future without the PQ.
  2. George73 posted on 02/12/2014 03:45 PM
    The beauty about Quebec right now, is that Mme Houdin-Pepin is allowed to express her opinions on accommodations. This contrasts with Drainville who has repeatedly shown that he will not accept any opinions other than his own. Under a PQ majority, freedom of thought would be outlawed under him.

    I guess he will take exception to this comment. Which would only prove my point.
  3. sam posted on 02/12/2014 07:21 PM
    Gee , I didn't know that polygamy, forced marriage, and mutilation of any kind were legal under Canadian law or the Quebec or Canadian Charters of Human Rights and Freedoms. I thought that we were already protected from most heinous acts like spousal and child abuse or forcing somebody to wear or not wear something against their will.
  4. Steve posted on 02/12/2014 08:17 PM
    I think there's pretty much a concensus around this position in Quebec society. Too bad the major parties are too unreasonable to support it.
  5. barry allen posted on 02/12/2014 11:00 PM
    Its hard to believe the ignorance,and lack of intelligence like this can exist.Its even harder to understand how low our standards go for a maroon like this to have gotten elected.She is not living in the Taliban controlled Afghanistan.There is no female genital mutilation.She is delusional.
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