March 25, 2015

Majority of Canadians don't want niqab at citizenship ceremonies

Brian LilleyArchive

The majority of Canadians are uncomfortable around women wearing a niqab -- the Muslim face veil -- but the majority also don't want to see any government ban.

Shown an image of a woman wearing a niqab, 56% said they agreed with the statement "I would prefer if women in Canada did not wear this in public places."

That compared with just 33% feeling the same way regarding the hijab.

A slight majority, 51%, said they felt uncomfortable around women wearing niqabs.

The face veil has been a major political controversy in Canada for the last month since opposition parties began attacking the Harper Conservatives on the issue.

The government is appealing a court ruling that struck down a rule requiring face veils be removed when new Canadians swear the oath of citizenship at public ceremonies.

An immigrant woman from Pakistan who has admitted to preferring men and women being segregated and who also removed her veil for her driver's license photo challenged the rule in court.

Zunera Ishaq claims she cannot remove the veil in front of men she is not related to.

The poll, which also finds 66% agreeing with rules being set for what can be worn at citizenship ceremonies, shows NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau well offside Canadian opinion on this issue.

While most Canadians are not fans of the niqab, 55% agree that it is a personal choice on whether women should be allowed to wear a veil.

The poll of 1,000 Canadians was conducted between March 20 and 22 by Abacus Data and has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

(PHOTO: Jean-Louis Potier)

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commented 2015-03-26 02:07:14 -0400
So, so many people have the wrong idea about this issue. On the left, it’s all about the big bad Harper Neo-Con Nazi totalitarian government telling Canadian citizens what they can and can’t wear (lotta cats in that bag!) and on the right it’s … kinda the same, only without the stupid adjectives and adverbs. Despite the polling evidence. And yet, most of you got it wrong, on both sides. Nobody’s talking about “banning” anything, anywhere. All the government wants to do is not allow the full face covering during the actual citizenship ceremony. A woman can come dressed any way she wants from a full body condom costume to full frontal nude with panties to and from the ceremony, but when she’s actually saying the words her face has to be visible. That’s all. If she happens to be wearing the niqab she will have to take the part that covers her face, the veil, off somehow until she’s finished swearing to be a good Canadian citizen, then she can wear glitter spray paint for all anyone cares. This also applies to Darth Vader masks, hockey goalie masks, BDSM/torture masks, salad collanders, modified bowling balls, tube – style televisions you accidentally put your head into, KKK hoods, whatever. Are all you venters getting this? Nobody in the government has said anything about anything else! So, please, stop attaching all these negative values to the suggestion, they just don’t apply, okay? And … the government’s completely right on the matter, btw!
commented 2015-03-26 00:17:37 -0400
The SCC couldn’t care less – or so they pretend – what Canadians think as they are supposed to weigh evidence in law. I suspect our government will win.

But it’s an interesting social dilemma too. Despite Islam does not rewiire this women to wear the niqab, she claims she can’t show her face to men she is unrelated to. So, who told her that? If she said she “can’t” that is not the same as “won’t” or a personal choice.

Should police be investigating what kind of threat Zunera is under?
commented 2015-03-25 23:11:27 -0400
If you immigrate to Canada because as a woman you are oppressed in your country & you want freedom instead, then why do you still want to wear a niqab. That is oppression 101 in my book. I am in favor of a total ban of the niqab for many reasons with security as the. highest on the list. Everything starts small, only to grow in huge proportions as time goes on. As some of you have commented before me, look at Great Britain & The Netherlands & the problems these countries are now facing by over compensating & not wanting to offend anyone. This is Canada & our values & freedom must be protected now & for future generations.
commented 2015-03-25 15:55:01 -0400
I don’t need a bag ban. It’s simple: you want to wear a bag over your head, go to it. I just want the right to say NO. No, you can’t board a plane. No, you can’t drive a car. No, I won’t take your cheque, etc.
commented 2015-03-25 15:13:53 -0400
You have that right. Don’t like it get the hell out of the country.
commented 2015-03-25 13:38:32 -0400
There is no place in public that is acceptable for the niqab. There home or mosque is the only acceptable place in my opinion. They are trying to change our customs, today it’s the Niqab tomorrow it’s shira law. When are those on the left going to wake up. We are talking about The future we want our children to inherit.
commented 2015-03-25 13:27:31 -0400
The title of this article states “The Majority of Canadians Don’t Want Niqab at Citizenship Ceremonies”. More accurate, and more inclusive, might be “The Majority of Canadians Want Immigrants to Canada to Adopt Canadian Society and Keep Their Own at Home.”
commented 2015-03-25 13:06:48 -0400
That chart shows how much wisdom INCREASES WITH AGE. Only a few of the young are naive enough to not recognize the dangers of garments that allow criminals to be hiding in plain sight. They don’t get that these garments hide abuse and crime as well. Nothing shows how their brains are not yet fully developed at this age better than their response to this issue.

Zunera Ishaq claims she cannot remove the veil in front of men she is not related to. Fine. Then don’t come to Canada because in Canada all women’s faces can be seen by everyone. If your face is so awful then we don’t need to see it…take it back to where you are FREE to hide it…go back to the LIBERTY you desire so much, the liberty to be oppressed, in Pakistan… If your ideology is so perfect then take it elsewhere…because we don’t find it perfect or even desirable. We detest your hidden agenda here. I am not comfortable with the niqab ANYWHERE! I am not only not comfortable with it, I want it BANNED IN CANADANOW. Our courts are being USED to bring in a foreign culture that is not only full of hatred and violence but that has brainwashed women to hate the liberty that we have here. We started out trying to open our doors to them but they have responded by telling us WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM AND WE NEED TO CHANGE to suit THEM! That just PROVES that their agenda is not to become Canadian but to make Canadians into Muslims! Get it? That is the end of it for me….they are with us or they are out! Period. If their culture is so much better then pack it up and go back to it. People like Sunera do not behave like any other culture that has come to Canada and they are no longer welcome if they do not fully accept our way of life. The niqab or burkha is just the first step they must throw off to become Canadian. Therefore there must be NO NIQAB OR BURKHA AT THE CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY OR ANY TIME THEREAFTER. Let that be part of the ceremony…the burning of the burkha and niqab. They must throw off all radicalism as well. First sign of radicalism must result in instant expulsion from Canada…we need graded immigration to protect our fragile liberty from these despots and tyrants.

WE owe it to our young to protect them from this ideology before it is too late and they are IMPRISONED BY IT. We must not leave them with this Legacy of POISON.
commented 2015-03-25 12:39:50 -0400
Political correctness aside, let’s just call a spade a spade, and throw any radical Muslims out of the country. Minorities are dictating to the majority and the majority are losing THEIR freedom as a result. Majority needs to VOCALIZE their societal expectations and maintain their freedom.

Radicals will always exist and they have never been reasoned with. They understand war though. So let’s step up the war shall we. Let’s start at home and clean up our yard.
commented 2015-03-25 12:32:02 -0400
Rosemary McDonald – “business owners and others should be brave enough to request the removal of face coverings…A considerate person wouldn’t need to be asked. It’s just a common courtesy”
This would expose business owners to attacks and destruction of their property? Have you not seen what’s happening in Great Britain and Europe as a result of massive muslim immigration? Do you think these people have any idea what “common courtesy” is? They weren’t raised like you and I.
This is not about “a scarf”. It’s about an upheaval in our society the like of which we’ve never seen before. We need to educate ourselves. If you think muslims want to live peacefully and fit into Canadian society, you’re wrong. They want to transform it into the $hitholes from whence they came.
WAKE UP. This is what’s coming to Canada if we don’t stop it NOW. (Canada’s islamic population is now 5%)
commented 2015-03-25 12:21:59 -0400
What is the freaking problem with liberals?
The picture in the Emily Pratt story, just before this one, is the only proof you need to know why we must see other people’s faces; not only for official ceremonies, but when you’re in public period.
The concern is not how an honest masked person behaves in public.
It’s how the masked criminal behaves.
commented 2015-03-25 11:52:48 -0400
I wouldn’t want the government dictating what I can wear, but if I was being beaten by my husband/father/brother/uncle and then forced to cover up when I went out in pubic in order to hide the bruises and scars, I would want someone to care.

If a Muslim woman can keep her face covered for official ceremonies and in public places, then I
should be able to wear a scarf over my face and my glasses when I have a drivers licence or passport photo taken, or a face mask on when I enter a bank or a store.
There are some things that are just logical and common sense. Wearing a
disguise of any kind in this criminal age we live in just doesn’t make sense. The only people with any sense who would disagree would be criminals with criminal intent …and those brainwashed by criminals.
I’m not sure that a ban is the right way to go. Perhaps business owners and others should be brave enough to request the removal of face coverings when a person enters a public place, whether it’s a niqab or a scarf. A considerate person wouldn’t need to be asked. It’s just a common courtesy …like holding a door for someone or offering your seat to an elderly person on the bus. Can the government legislate courtesy? Of course, all they’re asking is for a brief removal of covering during a serious ceremony committing oneself to a new country.
But I suppose …common sense and courtesy is not so common anymore.

Let’s focus on a scarf, and distract ourselves from those senseless acts of violence at home and around the world.
commented 2015-03-25 11:51:47 -0400
I don’t know about banning. I do know that we, as Canadians, must resist Sharia Law and the medieval practices being imported into the country. When you come to Canada, you come to be Canadian, not keep to values of other countries. If you don’t want to be Canadian, you are free to leave.
commented 2015-03-25 11:25:21 -0400
The federal government must ban all immigration of muslims until these issues can be resolved. Canada is a modern country, not a 7th Century $hithole. Canadians women fought hard for equality and don’t want to live among women who agree to be oppressed by men, much less among the men who oppress them. They claim the niqab is a “religious choice” but nowhere in islam is it required. This push is to see how far we’ll let this go. If we don’t stop them now, we’ll condemn our children to living among those who commit islamic horrors the like of which we’ve never had to witness ourselves.