Rabat - Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, defends the right to wear the burkini in press conference yesterday.
Rabat – Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, defends the right to wear the burkini in press conference yesterday.
The controversial swimwear has generated a debate in the Quebec province of Canada after several cities in France banned wearing it on their beaches.
Last week, the Coalition Avenir Québec (Coalition for Quebec’s Future) (CAQ) party called for a ban on the non-revealing swimwear.
“For me, the burkini has no place in Quebec, has no place in Canada,” declared the CAQ MP, Nathalie Roy, according to Le Journal de Montréal.
“The burkini, which is a rig-out to hide the woman’s body for cultural or religious reasons because the woman’s body is impure, neither I nor my party will ever accept this gear here!” said Roy.
Trudeau called for the respect of individual freedoms when asked about the controversy in a press conference in Sudbury, Ontario yesterday. According to Trudeau individual rights and freedoms must be “at the top of public discourse and debate.”
“Yes, surely, there will always be little controversies here and there, conversations that we will continue to have,” said Trudeau. “To tolerate someone is to accept that he has the right to exist with the condition he does not disturb us too much.”
“In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, and understanding? It is where we are heading and that is what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities, not despite, but because of these differences,” concluded the Prime Minister.