Protesters march against Shariah law in Canada

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  1. Ben W

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    Protesters march against Shariah law in Canada

    CTV.ca News Staff

    More than 300 demonstrators converged in front of the Ontario legislature Thursday in a protest against the allowance of Islamic Shariah law in the province.

    "Shame! Shame!" chanted members of the crowd, angry at the prospect of Ontario becoming the first Western jurisdiction to allow the use of Shariah law to settle family disputes.

    Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said his Liberal government will decide "shortly" on whether to permit Islamic law to be used in the province's family arbitration cases.

    He has insisted that the rights of women will not be compromised if Shariah tribunals get the go-ahead to settle marital disputes for Muslims in the province.

    "Whatever we do, it will be in keeping with the values of Canadians and Ontarians," he told reporters Wednesday.

    But critics consider the religious rules an affront to human rights.

    "What Mr. McGuinty is doing is simply flirting with political Islam," said Homa Arjomand, co-ordinator of the International Campaign Against Shariah Court on Thursday.

    "And that dangerous game is putting the lives and safety of women and children in danger. Shame."

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  2. El_Guero

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    The Canadians should not have let them use Canada as a staging area to strike at New York ...

    Not that I am saying they deserve this action, just that they need to get their priorities straight pretty soon.
     
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    Keep in mind this is not Canadian law. It is a provincial matter and involves marital disputes only.

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  4. Ben W

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    Can you explain in laymans terms what Provincial law is? Is that like State Law as opposed to Federal Law?
     
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    Yes and no

    Provinces in Canada while very similar to the states in America have less power when it comes to lawmaking in certain arenas.

    Although they can override our own Charter of Rights and constitution at anytime for short periods of time using the notwithstanding clause.
     

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