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François Legault at CAQ election headquarters on election night, Oct. 2 2018

Solidarity with Muslim women remains elusive at the Fédération des femmes du Québec

During a special meeting, the Fédération des femmes du Québec took a controversial stance to support sex workers, officially declaring that women can make a free-will decision to enter the sex trade as a legitimate career choice. However, that reasoning of free will does not seem to extend to Quebec’s Muslim women who choose to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs and niqabs.
Francois Legault's takes the stage on Oct 1 after the CAQ wins the provincial election

Quebecers slam François Legault's plan to ban religious symbols for teachers, judges, police officers

In 12 years teaching high school students in Montreal, the only comments Furheen Ahmed has received about her hijab are compliments on its colour or pattern, and occasional questions about why she wears the headscarf or what to call it. She is "disheartened, frustrated and confused" by the new Quebec government's plan to ban her from wearing it.

Change isn't always a good thing

While Legault may claim that he's not a social conservative, his win is a sad testament to the fact that tribalism, fear mongering, and xenophobia were powerful motivators for a lot of people. And if not outright motivators, they were simply not enough of a deterrence for many people to abstain from voting for him, which is just as disconcerting