Les projets de loi 59 et 62: (FMC-CMF) reçoit positivement les dispositions sur le discours haineux, mais se préoccupe de l’application de certaines autres/Bills 59 and 62: (FMC-CMF) Welcomes Hate Speech Provisions, But Concerned About Application of Others

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Le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF) a commenté aujourd’hui les projets de loi 59 et 62 introduits par l’Assemblée nationale du Québec plus tôt la semaine passée.

« Globalement, le FMC reçoit positivement les dispositions en lien avec le discours haineux et les pouvoirs accrus de la Commission des Droits de la personne et des Droits de la jeunesse dans le projet de loi 59. Toutefois, le FMC se préoccupe par certaines autres dispositions dans les deux projets de loi qui laissent la porte ouverte à une application erronée », a déclaré Samer Majzoub, président du FMC.

En ce qui concerne les dispositions relatives à la radicalisation menant à la violence, le FMC est profondément préoccupé par les allégations autours des jeunes individus  qui ont tenté de voyager dans les zones de guerre. Cependant, le FMC est inquiet que les dispositions du projet de loi 59 ne seront appliquées que sur les musulmans, alors que la radicalisation menant à la violence prend plusieurs formes, dont plusieurs n’ont aucun lien avec les musulmans Québécois.

En ce qui concerne le voile couvrant le visage, porté par très peu de femmes musulmanes du Québec, le FMC affirme que tous les Québécois devraient avoir le droit d’accéder aux services publics. Actuellement, les femmes musulmanes qui portent ce voile dévoilent leurs visages pour des raisons de sécurité et d’identification. Par ailleurs, le FMC est concerné par l’application des dispositions du projet de loi 62 qui pourrait mener à une interprétation large et libérale par certains fonctionnaires, alors que les tribunaux ont historiquement exigé le contraire.

Le FMC demeure et continue à collaborer avec le gouvernement pour trouver des solutions raisonnables et réalisables.


Contact : Kathy Malas , (514) 594-1402

Samah Jebbari, (514) 886-8414


- For Immediate Release -

(Montreal – June 14, 2015) –

The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) today commented on Bills 59 and 62 introduced by Quebec’s national assembly earlier last week.

“Overall, the CMF welcomes the hate speech provisions and the enhanced powers of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse in Bill 59. However, the CMF is deeply concerned that some other provisions in the two bills leaves the door wide open for erroneous application,” said Samer Majzoub, CMF President.

When it comes to the provisions relating to radicalization leading to violence, the CMF is deeply concerned about allegations that some young individuals attempted to or have traveled to conflict zones. However, CMF is apprehensive that the provisions in Bill 59 will only be applied to Muslims, whereas radicalization leading to violence takes on several forms, many of which have no connection to Muslim Quebecers.

With respect to the face-veil worn by a handful of Quebec Muslim women, the CMF affirms that all Quebecers should have the right to access public services. Currently, Muslim women who wear the face-veil do unveil for bona fide security or identification reasons. However, the CMF is concerned the application of the provisions in Bill 62 will be given a large and liberal interpretation by civil servants, whereas the courts have historically required the opposite.

The CMF continues and remains ready to assist the government in finding reasoned and workable solutions.

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Sameer Zuberi, 514 910 6472

Samer Majzoub,  514 884 0852

(FMC-CMF)exprime ses condoléances pour le décès de Monsieur Jacques Parizeau, ancien premier ministre du Québec/(FMC-CMF)offers condolences for the passing of former Premier of Quebec ,Jacques Parizeau.

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8 juin 2015-Le Forum Musulman Canadien (FMC-CMF) exprime ses condoléances pour le décès de Monsieur Jacques Parizeau,ancien premier ministre du Québec. 

Le Forum Musulman Canadien (FMC-CMF) s’unit à la peine de la famille de  et à tous les Québécois pour la perte de l’ancien premier ministre du Québec, Monsieur Jacques Parizeau.

Monsieur Jacques Parizeau était connu pour son amour du Québec,  des québécois et des québécoises, de la politique et du transfert du savoir.


June 8, 2015 – The Canadian Muslim Forum offers condolences for the passing of former Premier of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau. 

The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) mourns with the family and all Quebecers for the loss of the former premier minister, Mr Jacques Parizeau.

Mr Jacques Parizeau was known for his love of Quebec and Quebecers, of politics and teaching.

Is Canada Destined to Be Ruled by the Same Two Political Parties?




Samer Majzoub: Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal ; President of Human right’s advocacy group ; Recipient of many recognition awards.


Since the establishment of the confederation in 1867, both the Conservatives and the Liberals have exchanged posts continuously until present day as the federal ruling parties in Ottawa. The two political parties have dominated politics in Canada: the Liberal Party and the historic Conservative Party (previously the Progressive Conservative Party, which merged with the Canadian Alliance Party in 2003). If the modern Conservative Party is considered as the successor to the historic one, then these are the only two parties to have formed a government in Canada. Canadians throughout the years have been convinced that they have only one choice to choose between either of these two “traditional” political parties. This particular “doctrine” has ruled out any opportunity for other political parties to rule the nation in any way.

The mere fact that federal policy has been mainly subject to the sway of either the Liberals or the Conservatives has not stopped the formation of parties promoting themselves as the alternative choice for Canadian voters. One can say that throughout most of history’s elections, these hopeful political parties have played very minimal role at the ballots when it comes to the decision-making day. Election campaign after the other, these parties assumed maximum efforts to convince the electorates that they can select an alternative political group to rule the nation with different social and economical platforms and directions. However, time after time, Canadians stuck to the tradition of choosing one of the two dominant political orientations, Liberals or Conservatives.

The rule of the game stayed for decades without any change, switching roles, from the Liberals forming a government and the Conservatives acting as the official opposition, and vice versa.

Until the federal election of 2011, the year the New Democratic Party made history by gaining 102 seats at Parliament Hill and occupied the post of the official opposition for the first time since it was born in 1961 and Tommy Douglas, Premier of Saskatchewan at that time, was elected its first leader. The real change in the political scene was not only limited to the NDP’s major win, but, in addition to that, the reality that one of the “traditional” parties, the Liberal Party of Canada was relegated to the second opposition role on the floor for the first time in its history. It should be noted that the party’s establishment was on July 1st 1867, the date of the Canadian Confederation.

The NDP success waves in 2011 led to another deep upheaval in Quebec’s political map. With the NDP winning 56 seats in Quebec, they nearly wiped out the Bloc Québécois from the political scene. The Bloc is a federal political party that considers itself as the protector of Quebec’s interests in the House of Commons of Canada, and the promoter of the province’s sovereignty. Despite the total contradiction in the main political concepts between the two parties, the NDP as federalists, and the Bloc Québécois as sovereignists, the Orange Party was able to break the odds in Quebec in addition to its achievement at the federal level.

Another strong sign that Canadians could be ready to do the change in their choices of who may represent them as their elected officials came from Alberta on May 5 2015. Albertans had cast their ballots with a complete mind shift, from the conservative-based political power to a social democratic one.

The fact that Albertans kept choosing conservative economical platforms for 44 years, and in one night rebelled over their tradition came as big surprise to all Canadians. Alberta’s NDP win is a major upset, considering the PC Party had won 12 consecutive majorities and the NDP held only four seats when the election was called on April 7. In this election, the PC were not even able to hold on to the official opposition status that was taken by the Wildrose Party — a party that was formed when the Alberta Alliance Party in early 2008 merged with the unregistered Wildrose Party of Alberta.

Canadian voters may have shown, in recent years, at both the federal and the provincial levels, eagerness for a change in their options and choices to choose alternatives political platforms to administer their governments. Competition amongst a wide range of contenders for office from different political backgrounds to satisfy and to respond to their constituencies’ best interest is certainly a healthy element for all societies. At no time should any political party take for granted that it will be elected to public office irrespective of its performance and its efficiency. Canadians share of democracy, values and freedom of choice deserves first-class trustworthy politicians who are characterised with dignity, dedication, and commitment.

Samer Majzoub is president of the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF).

Quebec Must Address its Growing Climate of Islamophobia

Stop disrimination Samer Majzoub: Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal ; President of Human right’s advocacy group ; Recipient of many recognition awards .


Muslim Quebecers have become victims of an increasingly dangerous Islamophobic environment. Recently, Quebec has witnessed very alarming anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric that has led to moral onslaught against citizens of Muslim faith. Such toxic atmosphere has been reflected in incidents of violence against Muslim Quebecers youth, women, men, community centers and mosques.

Since the establishment of the Commission on Reasonable Accommodation in 2007 followed by Bill 94 tabled by the PLQ in 2010then Bill 60 (Quebec Charter of Values) presented by the Parti Quebecois in 2013, the planned PLQ programs and measures to fight what is called “religious radicalism” in 2015, and finally the promised new Charter of Quebec Values to be presented by the provincial government during its current mandate ending in 2018.

Some running contenders from different political parties in addition to existing elected officials do not hide their intentions to join their peers in either introducing or supporting regulations that target Muslim culture under diffident labels and excuses.

The motto that secular Quebec is in opposition to all religious beliefs due to its history of social clash with the church is not quite correct in this context. While it’s an open highway for media outlets, politicians and others to offend, insult and attack the Muslim Quebec community by degrading its public figures, religious rituals, and tainting its institutions with shrouds of rumours, these smear and hatred campaigns are rarely targeting other citizens’ groups and cultures within the society. This fact brings the bitter reality that Muslim Quebecers have been under tremendous pressure with the evident lack of political will to stop the moral onslaught against noticeable segments of Quebec society.

The continuing violation of the basic human right to security and dignity has witnessed a surge in chauvinistic media campaigns against Quebec Muslims lately. Some media reports allege that the community’s schools and places of worship are related to “terrorist” organizations. By doing so, the level of prejudice against Muslim Quebecers has reached its peak in recent history in the province. Such rumours have crossed ethics and principles of honest media reporting putting children, pupils, employees and ordinary citizens at danger by associating them with institutions that are connected to alleged “fanatics.”

The exaggeration of incidents, twisting of facts and the discriminatory campaigns against any group of citizens due to their religious or ethnic background will lead to unhealthy social harmony within any society. In Quebec, Islamophobia, has become a strong trend that needs our attention as Quebecers from all stripes of the province’s elite, politicians, media, public figures and the general public to unite to defeat unfairness and racism. Quebec human rights values are great tools to fight all sorts of bigotry and intolerance. Islamophobia should have no place in Quebec.

Samer Majzoub is president of the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF)


(FMC-CMF) exprime ses condoléances à la suite du décès du CardinalCanadian Muslim Forum offers condolences for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte’s Passing /(FMC-CMF) offers condolences for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte’s Passing

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17 Avril 2015-Le Forum Musulman Canadien(FMC-CMF) exprime ses condoléances à la suite du décès du Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte 

Le Forum Musulman Canadien (FMC-CMF) s’unit à la peine de la famille du Cardinal, de la communauté diocésaine de Montréal et à tous les Québécois, pour la perte d’un homme de principes et de dévouement. Le Cardinal Turcotte était connu par sa défense active à la paix et son appel à l’espérance dans un Québec inclusif.

Le FMC entend coopérer avec le Cardinal Christian Lépine pour l’harmonie et l’unité dans la société québécoise.


April 17 2015 – The Canadian Muslim Forum offers condolences for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte’s Passing

The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) mourns with all Quebecers the loss of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, a man of principals and dignity. Cardinal Turcotte was known to be a peace advocate and called for the inclusivity of Quebec society.

The CMF is ready to work with Cardinal Christian Lépine for the harmony and unity of Quebec society.

Le FMC dénonce les actes violents envers des femmes musulmanes/CMF denounces violence against Muslim women

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(Montréal – le 6 avril 2015) – Le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF) dénonce et déplore la montée d’actes haineux et violents envers des femmes musulmanes voilées.

Le forum Musulman Canadien(FMC-CMF) demande aux autorités d’agir rapidement dans ces dossiers, de valider le caractère haineux de ces actes et de venir en support aux victimes.

« La montée d’actes haineux, voir même violents, peut créer une peur et, possiblement, un sentiment d’exclusion chez les musulmans de la communauté élargie », affirme le président du FMC, Samer Majzoub.

« Le FMC réitère l’importance que le gouvernement et les politiciens aient une volonté politique pour dénoncer ce phénomène d’islamophobie, en renforçant davantage les lois contre les crimes haineux et en menant une vaste campagne  de sensibilisation contre la xénophobie, incluant l’islamophobie», ajoute, monsieur Majzoub.

« Nous croyons que la discrimination et le racisme vont à l’encontre de nos valeurs québécoises d’égalité, de justice et de liberté », précise, Samer Majzoub.


Contact :

Kathy Malas : 514 594 1402

Samah Jebbari : 514 886 8414



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(Montreal – April 6, 2015) – The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) denounces the rise of hate speech and violent acts against Muslim women wearing the hijab.

The Canadian Muslim Forum(FMC-CMF) urges the authorities to act quickly in these files, to validate the hateful acts and to give support to these victims.

“The rise of hate crimes and violent acts can create fear and possibly a feeling of exclusion among Muslims in the wider community,” says CMF president Samer Majzoub.

“The CMF reiterates the importance that government and politicians have the political will to counter Islamophobia, further strengthen laws against hate crimes and conducting a major awareness campaign against xenophobia,” added Mr. Majzoub.

“We believe that discrimination and racism are against Quebec’s values ​​of equality, justice and freedom,” said Mr. Majzoub



Samer Majzoub : 514 884 0852

Sameer Zuberi : 514 910 6472

FMC-CMF applaudit la dénonciation d’un groupe anti-musulman par l’Assemblée nationale


(Montréal – le 26 mars 2015) – Le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF) applaudit l’adoption à l’unanimité, des députés parlementaires à l’Assemblée nationale du Québec, d’une motion pour dénoncer avec vigueur l’arrivée de PEGIDA Québec qui compte organiser un rassemblement anti-musulman dans le Petit Maghreb, à Montréal, le 28 mars 2015.

« Les élus parlementaires  qui se sont prononcés contre la tenue du rassemblement prévu du groupe anti-musulman et ont dénoncé ses propos haineux ont tenu à leur part de responsabilité de bien veiller sur le bien vivre ensemble au Québec, afin de ne pas mettre en opposition les groupes, les uns contre les autres », a déclaré, Samer Majzoub, président CMF.

Le FMC-CMF et la communauté musulmane québécoise appuient la déclaration de    la ministre de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion, madame Kathleen Weil pour son appel au rejet de tout acte ou propos prônant la haine, la discrimination et l’islamophobie.

« Nous aurions espéré que la prononciation de madame Weil contre l’islamophobie soit incluse dans la motion »,  a ajouté, Majzoub.

Le FMC-CMF est convaincu que l’idéologie xénophobe qui inspire les groupes islamophobes nourrit sans cesse leurs apologies du déni et du rejet de l’islam, et il est impératif de ne pas laisser propager un climat de haine avec l’autorisation à de tels groupes pour venir s’installer au Québec.

« Tous les Québécoises et Québécois ont le complet droit de se sentir en paix sans se sentir stigmatiser ni dévaloriser », a ajouté, Majzoub.

Le FMC-CMF partage avec tous les Québécois la condamnation de toutes sortes de discrimination: l’islamophobie, l’anti-sémitisme et le profilage racial ainsi que toutes sortes d’intolérance contre n’importe quel groupe de citoyens.

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Sameh Jebbari: 514 886 8404

Kathy Malas : 514 594 1402

-Contact (English)

Samer Majzoub : 514 884 0852

Sameer Zuberi : 514 9106472



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(FMC-CMF) reçoit, avec prudence, l’annonce du centre de prévention à la radicalisation menant à la violence/(FMC-CMF) today cautiously received news of Montreal’s centre to prevent violent radicalization

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FMC reçoit, avec prudence, l’annonce du centre de prévention à la radicalisation menant à  la violence.  


 (Montréal – 9 Mars, 2015) – Le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF) reçoit aujourd’hui, avec prudence, les nouvelles au sujet du  centre de prévention à la radicalisation menant à la violence à Montréal.  

« Il parait bien que le gouvernement  tente d’être proactif au sujet de la radicalisation violente et essaye de l’empêcher de se propager. « Le recours à la violence, même par une seule personne, est considérée ardu », a déclaré, Samer Majzoub, président CMF. 

 « Pour que la prévention soit efficace, les priorités doivent être fixées sur l’éducation publique, les services sociaux, la santé et sur les recherches. « La responsabilité ne doit pas être limitée au corps de police», a déclaré M. Majzoub. 

 « Les décideurs politiques doivent s’assurer que les activités du centre de prévention ne conduisent pas au profilage des communautés. « Une distinction  doit être claire entre une personne religieusement conservatrice et une personne violente », a ajouté Majzoub.

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- For Immediate Release –  

(Montreal – March 9, 2015)– The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) today cautiously received news of Montreal’s centre to prevent violent radicalization. 

“It’s good that government and is trying to get ahead of violent radicalization, and to prevent it from happening in the first place. Even one person resorting to violence is too many,” said Samer Majzoub, CMF President. 

“If prevention is to be effective, the emphasis must be on public education, social services and research. The focus can’t simply be on policing individuals,” Majzoub said. 

“Policy makers need to ensure the centre’s activities do not lead to profiling of communities. There is a clear distinction between someone who appears to be is religiously conservative and violence,” Majzoub added.  


English Contacts:

Sameer Zuberi, spokesperson, 514 910 6472

Samer Majzoub,  president, 514 884 0852



(FMC-CMF) press conference(Feb 20 2015) in media coverage

Some of the media coverage for the FMC-CMF press conference held on Feb  20 2015
1-”Quebec Muslims face toxic sentiment- leader… “
2-Canadian Muslim Forum says community unfairly portrayed!

3-Quebec Muslims decry media, government bias


4-Are Muslims being used as ‘political footballs’ in Quebec?


5-Muslim group says community unfairly targeted
6-Les musulmans canadiens ne veulent pas être instrumentalisés
7-Les musulmans refusent d’être instrumentalisés, dit un groupe
8-Le Forum musulman affirme que les musulmans sont instrumentalisés
9-Forum canadien musulman:Les musulmans injustement ciblés?
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