Canadian media is reporting that the National Canadian Council of Muslims (NCCM) has published a Quebec election policy guide ahead of the October 3rd vote, in which it recommended the abrogation of Bill 21, barring the wearing of religious symbols by civil service employees in positions of authority and by teachers in the public sector. According to an article by Montreal City News:
September 24, 2022 “Bill 21. It’s very straightforward. We recommend the abrogation of the bill,” said El Bakir. “It disproportionately affects Quebec’s religious minorities, especially, visibly Muslim women.”
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The NCCM said that there was “no doubt” that Bill 21 made it possible to legalize discrimination against religious minorities. According to the group, this goes against the fundamental human rights enshrined in the Canada and Quebec charters. Other key recommendations in the French-language guide include the official recognition of “systemic racism” by the government, establishing a law preventing hate speech during elections, and increased funding of local NGOs combating hate crimes.
The NCCM, formerly known as CAIR Canada, is the Canadian branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), among the most prominent Muslim advocacy organizations in the US and which has close ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB). The most important leader of NCCM has been Jamal Badawi, who is also a leader in many of the most important GMB organizations. He is the son-in-law of the late Ahmed el Kadi, one of the earliest leaders of the GMB in the US. In September 2022, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that the NCCM had released an open letter to the Alberta Justice Minister signed by 28 Muslim organizations and called for the Alberta Human Rights Commission Chief’s resignation over comments the NCCM labled “Islamophobic.”