Today voters rejected a plan to allow a mosque in an industrial area of North West Montreal Island.
In fact, parking issues are a real concern around mosques, especially new ones.
Here is English planning lawyer Gavin Boby explaining what he calls "the parking jihad," along with other hazards that go along with mosque construction:
Of course, the reaction by Quebec's Islamic community was predictable, with cries of "Islamophobia" (a term coined by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the UN to demonize fact based objection to Islamic manifest destiny.)
The Islamic community centre has been operating on Legendre St. for the past three years, and last year borough council unanimously approved a zoning change to allow it to operate as a prayer centre as well.
That angered many people in the community and they managed to garner enough signatures on a petition to force a referendum.
Opponents publicly said they were worried about an increase in traffic and difficulty finding parking in the area.
This incident raises more important issues, however.
For example, if a building will be a location where Canadian hate speech laws are violated, and where principles of racial, religious and sexual equality are undermined, should construction be permitted, even for religious reasons?
It is good to see the people of Quebec successfully defending their culture and values against a new opponent, rather than their usual enemy -- the rest of Canada.