Friday, May 15, 2009

Quebec Opposition Wants Hijab Policy For Public Service

Photo: The wearing of hijab in public institutions is a contentious issue in Quebec. (CP)

From The CBC:

Opposition parties in Quebec are pressuring the Liberal government to spell out its position on the thorny issue of Muslim women wearing hijabs in the public sector.

The opposition demanded Wednesday that the government take a stand on whether women in public service should be allowed to wear the hijab, or other religious headwear.

The demand came after Quebec's Federation of Women declared its position on hijabs in the province's public service, which contradicts the one recently taken by a government advisory council.

At a special general assembly last weekend, the influential federation announced it could neither condone nor condemn the wearing of hijabs by public servants. "No obligation, no ban," said federation president Michèle Asselin.

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