Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is taking some heat for saying the Muslim niqab is “rooted in a culture that is anti-women.”
Harper made the remarks at Canada’s House of Commons, taking aim at Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, who disagrees with the government’s proposed ban on niqabs during citizenship ceremonies. Harper said Trudeau doesn’t seem to understand why “almost all Canadians oppose the wearing of face coverings during citizenship ceremonies.”
“It’s very easy to understand,” Harper said, according to CTV News. “Why would Canadians, contrary to our own values, embrace a practice at that time that is not transparent, that is not open and, frankly, is rooted in a culture that is anti-women?”
Harper claimed Trudeau is outside of the mainstream on this issue, and said the overwhelmingly majority of Canadians and moderate Muslims share his viewpoint.
In February, Canada’s Federal Court ruled against the ban on niqabs, which was first introduced in February. Harper’s government plans on appealing that decision.
Supporters and dissenters (but mostly dissenters) have taken to Twitter to criticize Harper for his stance, using the hashtag #DressCodePM.
Watch the report below, via CBC News:
[h/t The Blaze]
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