Opponents of Quebec Muslim cemetery gather signatures to block site’s rezoning

Opponents of Quebec Muslim cemetery gather signatures to block site’s rezoning

SAINT-APOLLINAIRE, Que. — About 40 people who are opposed to the establishment of a Muslim cemetery near Quebec City have signed requests to block a zoning change for the proposed site.

The number of signatures forces the creation of a register that will gauge the opinion of nearby residents and determine whether the issue will be sent to a referendum.

The zoning change would have paved the way for the creation of the cemetery in Saint-Apollinaire, 40 kilometres southwest of Quebec City.

At a public information session in March, some opponents said they would prefer a multidenominational cemetery.

A deadly mosque shooting in January highlighted the fact that Quebec City’s Muslims don’t have a place to bury their dead.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder with a restricted weapon following the massacre.

The Canadian Press

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