By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, September 14, 2013
Charter of Quebec Values: Daycares risk losing Muslim educators, group warns
During the one year that Karima Al-Ouatiq has worked at a daycare in the St-Laurent borough, not one parent has complained about the fact that she wears a hijab.
But if the Quebec government has its way, Al-Ouatiq and three of her fellow daycare workers may have to choose between removing their hijabs or quitting their jobs.
“The fact that I wear a hijab is irrelevant,” Al-Ouatiq said on Tuesday. “No one should be able to tell me not to wear one, the same way we don’t tell people not to wear pants or T-shirts.”
The Quebec government released details of its controversial charter of values on Tuesday. If the charter is adopted by the National Assembly, it will ban government employees from wearing religious symbols in daycares, secondary schools and other educational institutions.
Al-Ouatiq said the daycare where she works is multicultural, and many Muslim parents are happy that some of the educators wear hijabs.
“You can’t tell a Muslim woman wearing a hijab that she can’t work with children,” she insisted.
She said she expects the Muslim community to protest against the government’s plan.
“The Muslim community and the Arab community will do something,” she said. “They won’t just sit on their hands.”
Al-Ouatiq said she believes Quebec’s proposed restrictions on religious symbols are part of a “wave that is coming from Europe.” (Source: The Montreal Gazette)
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