Muslim cemetery proposal in Quebec City fails in referendum

Voters in a suburb of the provincial capital have rejected a proposal to create what would have been the region's first Muslim-run cemetery.

Opponents of the proposal in Saint-Apollinaire, southwest of Quebec City, said Muslims should be buried in Islamic sections of existing cemeteries.  But many point out that the other major religious groups in the capital area have their own private cemeteries.

The idea to create a cemetery for Muslims was developed after the January attack by far-right terrorist Alexandre Bisonnette on a mosque.  But the project was sent to a referendum after several people came forward in opposition to the plan.

Thirty-six of the forty-nine people eligible to vote cast a ballot.