A delegation of Islamists to Hérouxville led by CIC member Najat Boughaba (alias Mustapha)
Source: CIC website, February 11, 2007
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A delegation of Muslim women from Montreal visited the Quebec town of Herouxville today Sunday to try to dispel myths about Islam and Canadian Muslims after Hérouxville adopted a controversial code of norms aimed at immigrants.
Nine women wearing traditional Muslim Hijab met with approximately 50 town residents to educate them about their faith and about Canadian Muslims. On Jan. 25, Hérouxville’s town council adopted a code of societal norms that would-be immigrant newcomers would have to follow.
The delegation was led by CIC member Dr. Najat Mustafa. The delegation brought to the town 50 small gifts and also sweets of Baklawa and Ma’mool.
“We came here to confirm and affirm that we are true Quebecers too,” said May Haider, a member of the delegation and a Ph.D. student of Computer Science at the University of Montreal.
She said that following the successful town hall gathering, the women met with town councillors including André Drouin, who spearheaded the code of norms, for a two-hour meeting in which they helped draft a revised code of norms that wouldn’t offend minorities.
The town council plan to discuss the norms at the next town meeting.
Dr. Najat Mustapha, Montreal
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