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Mayor refuses to apologize for equating secularism bill to ‘ethnic cleansing

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Published on April 12, 2019 with No Comments

The mayor of Hampstead is refusing to apologize for comments last week equating the Quebec’s secularism bill to “ethnic cleansing.”

In an interview with a leading TV channel Mayor William Steinberg was defiant, saying he would not back down from a statement he made about Quebec’s Bill 21 prohibiting religious symbols for teachers and some other public servants. Steinberg accused the government of discriminating against religions whose adherents wear visible symbols.

“I do not apologize for saying that the effects of this bill will be peaceful ethnic cleansing,” he said during that interview. Premier Francois Legault and several other provincial and municipal politicians have called on Steinberg to apologize. “I think he has to apologize to all Quebecers,” said Legault.

 

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