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TORONTO: A convention centre in Montreal where a Muslim youth conference was to take place next weekend, has abruptly cancelled it, citing `security’ concerns.
The Palais des congres said on Saturday that it took the decision not to allow the Muslim youth convention after a “security review.’’
The conference “Between Heaven and Earth” was to be held for the second consecutive time in Montreal and over 1,000 people were expected to attend it.
The decision by the convention centre follows the ruling Parti Quebecois party of Quebec asking the federal government not to grant visas to some of the speakers whose speeches are offensive to gender equality.
Quebec’s minister responsible for the Status of Women, Agnes Maltais, has written to the federal government to bar entry of some speakers, including Nader Abou Anas, who heads a Muslim youth association in France and preaches hijab for women.
The cancellation of the Muslim conference in Montreal seems to be in line with French-majority province’s new “Quebec Charter of Values’’ which seeks to ban religious symbols such as turbans, kirpans and hijabs in public places.