Trudeau Defends the Niqab During French Leaders Debate

The first French-language leaders’ debate gave a somewhat subdued Justin Trudeau a platform to sharply defend his stand on one of the most divisive and emotional issues of the federal election: the niqab.

But Trudeau also used that heated discussion€” and almost every chance he got during the two-hour exchange  to redirect attention back to his key messages on the economy and growth.

“I think that if a man can’t impose his will on how a woman should dress, we shouldn’t let the state impose how a woman shouldn’t dress,” the Liberal leader told his four opponents.

Polls say an overwhelming majority of Quebecers  and many Canadians across the country — disagree a woman should be allowed to wear religious face coverings during citizenship ceremonies.