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Burqa comic inspired by 'reasonable accommodation' debate
QUEBEC -- A Quebec teenager is forced by her leftist father to wear a burqa to cover her revealing and provocative clothing and learn a thing or two about "the real values" in life.
This is not an episode of CBC's comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie -- although it could match the family-friendly humour of the series -- but rather the framework of a comic book depicting how westerners deal with religious symbols and immigration.
With no heavy-handed jokes, Quebec cartoonist and graphic artist Francis Desharnais gently pokes at life's foibles in his new comic strip, Burquette.
He reflects on the culture shock, Quebecers' perceptions of immigration and the way the newcomers see their adoptive land as the province keeps debating how to better integrate immigrants.
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