Mayor Plante wants Hampstead mayor to apologize over controversial Bill 21 comments

Mayor Valerie Plante says Hampstead's mayor should apologize for making highly-controversial comments about Quebec's secularism bill.

William Steinberg recently called the religious symbols ban ethnic cleansing, not with a gun, but with a law.

Plante, who met with reporters Friday at city hall, says the comments absolutely unacceptable, adding Steinberg's attitude is irresponsible, that he continues to generate outrage when talks about the proposed bill.

She wants Steinberg, who's insisted he's not apologizing, to withdraw from the debate surrounding the legislation. 

Meantime, a special council meeting in Hampstead scheduled for Monday aimed at condemning the bill has been cancelled.

"In light of the media storm surrounding Mayor Steinberg’s remarks on Bill 21, and since the Town Council wants all arguments against this Bill heard and debated without unnecessary distractions, Mayor Steinberg has decided to cancel the Special Council meeting on April 15,” the municipality announced in a communiqué posted Friday morning.