Returning from South America, Mayor Valerie Plante “demands an apology” from the Mayor of Hampstead for comparing Bill 21 on secularism to “ethnic cleansing”.
“By his words and his refusal to apologize, Mayor William Steinberg is diverting the debate from the draft law on secularism to becoming the subject of debate. This attitude is irresponsible and must be denounced, “lamented the mayor in a written statement.
Valerie Plante had not yet publicly commented on the controversy, when she had been in South America for a week to attend a summit of the world’s major cities. On the social networks, some have criticized the silence of the mayor, opposing its lively exit against an elected Anjou against a doctor wearing the veil. She took advantage of his return to add his voice to the concert of denunciations. “Mayor Steinberg made absolutely unacceptable comments, which provoked outrage everywhere in Quebec, with good reason. Mayor Steinberg’s remarks have no place in the public debate, “she said.
Unlike Anjou which is a borough of Montreal, Hampstead is a demerged city. The municipality pays an assessment to the agglomeration of Montreal and is a member of the Community metropolitan de Montreal.