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CAIR Presents its Position on the Tabled Legislation

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NEWS RELEASE

On Monday of this week, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) was called to present its position to the Quebec National Assembly on the tabled legislation Bill 94 which would restrict Muslim women who adopt the niqab or face-veil from giving or receiving public services.

Presenting the organization’s position at this hearing were Julia Williams CAIR-CAN’s Human Rights & Civil Liberties Officer and legal counsel Audrey Brousseau.  The hearing itself consisted of a 10 minute presentation by CAIR-CAN summarizing its position and concerns on the proposed legislation followed by 50 minutes of questions and answers posed by Members of the National Assembly.

A video along with transcript of CAIR-CAN’s hearing are available here:

http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/video-audio/AudioVideo-33377.html

In other news this week Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, expressed her deep concerns regarding proposed federal legislation (Bill C-42) that would permit airlines to share passenger information with the U.S. under the U.S. Secure Flight program.

Bill C-42, if passed, will allow the U.S. to collect the name, gender and birth date of every Canadian who flies through US airspace, even if their plane never touches U.S. soil. Given that serious human rights abuses have resulted in the past from careless and unvetted information sharing, CAIR-CAN is concerned that a proper balance must be reached between security and privacy and will be following the discussions concerning Bill C-42 closely.

Finally, this week marked the end of the hajj pilgrimage and the celebrations of Eid al Adha.  To those of you on Hajj we pray that your supplications and worship were accepted.

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