A conference called "Between Heaven and Earth", scheduled for September 7 in Montreal, has stirred controversy in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec, with several people protesting against the expected presence of radical Muslims from Europe.

Agnès Maltais, the region's minister of women's issues, has spoken out against the Islamists, calling them "radical" and penning a letter to her federal counterpart, Kellie Leitch, to urge her to ban the speakers in order to "avoid the spreading of a discourse that is unacceptable for the women of Quebec".

"These [radical] preachers express values that are totally contradictory to the principles of equality between men and women that we protect in Quebec," Maltais said via a statement.

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