Quebec's premier denies existence of Islamophobia in his province
Quebec's premier is proclaiming that there is no Islamophobia in his province and that means there is no need for a national day to combat the problem.
Francois Legault's comments come days after the second anniversary of a mosque shooting that killed six Muslim men in Quebec City.
While his deputy premier initially appeared open to the idea, Legault clarified that she was simply saying that the province would look at the possibility, which they did, and they decided against it.
The topic remains sensitive in Quebec, which continues to grapple with a debate over accommodating minority religions.
Legault has promised legislation early in the next legislative session that would prohibit public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols such as the hijab, turban and kippa.
In Ottawa, the Commons heritage committee recommended last year that January 29th be declared a ``national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia and other forms of religious discrimination.''