Montreal Demonstration against Quebec Charter of Values a Success

September 14, 2013

Montreal, Quebec, September 14th, 2013 - The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) thanks all Montrealers who participated in a peaceful demonstration this weekend against the Quebec Charter of Values recently unveiled by the Parti Quebecois government.

“Over 50,000 people from all walks of life came together today to send a strong and firm message to the Parti Quebecois that we reject this policy of institutionalized discrimination,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “We thank all those who came out to protest against the Charter, as well as the many more from all across Quebec and Canada who have been supporting our cause and defending our rights. This is not just a cause that concerns members of religious minority groups, but rather one that concerns all those who are in support of justice, human rights and civil liberties.”

MCM regrets that the demonstration occurred during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which prevented many of the Jewish faith from participating.

“The protest was a success, but it is just the first step on our journey to defeat this Charter,” Elmenyawi said. “We will continue to stand up in solidarity to defend and protect the rights of all Quebecers and Canadians and have a series of upcoming events and activities planned, including letter writing campaigns, Mosque Open Doors, visits to the National Assembly and demonstrations in Quebec City and Montreal.”



Salam Elmenyawi

Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)

Ph.: (514) 748-8427



 The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is an umbrella organization representing a number of Islamic institutions in the Montreal region. There are over 325,000 Muslims in Montreal, about 1,300,000 in Canada and 1.9 billion worldwide.