Other Parties Accuse Harper of Pushing the Niqab Ban For Votes

Let’s assume for a moment that the accusation was true. Eighty-two percent of Canadians support such a ban. If anything, Harper would be heeding the wishes of the electorate.

How is that a problem? Aren’t voters always complaining that politicians don’t listen?

Canada’s two main opposition leaders accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election debate on Thursday of trying to win votes by pushing a ban on Muslim women’s face coverings during citizenship ceremonies.

Harper’s Conservatives, locked in a tight race with the New Democrats and the Liberals ahead of an Oct. 19 election, say people wishing to become Canadians must show their faces.

Polls indicate the proposal is popular in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, where there are long-standing tensions over how tolerant Quebecers should be toward the customs and traditions of immigrants.

  • Martin B

    All the more reason to push harder, and keep pushing till Mad Tom & Shiny Pony go so far out on a limb defending evil hag-in-a-bags that they can never come back.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Harper has painted both Mulcair and Trudeau into a corner. The niqab ban is supported by most Canadians, revoking citizenship supported by most Canadians, mandatory sentences supported by most Canadians.

    • Alain

      No, Mulcair and Trudeau painted themselves into the corner on this; otherwise I agree.

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  • moraywatson

    C’mon now! Surely the Liberal and NDP candidates will all be satisfied with simply receiving their participation trophies!?

  • G

    Who cares? The lefty leaders are pushing niqab acceptance to win votes. Let them squawk.

    This is a clear cut choice for the voters; “yes” or “no”. We’ll see how the people speak.

    • Minicapt

      Niqab for Lizzie May?


      • G

        Yes, definitely. Some dental work first. Damn that “woman” has choppers like a friggin camel.

  • Alain

    It always amazes me how some people can spout the most outrageous lie with a straight face. Yes, I suppose that also says much about me and my generation, but it really does. All the opposition parties (NDP, Liberals, Greens, judicial activists, MSM) have been guilty from the get-go in trying to make political hay out of the niqab, and now that it has backfired they try to play the offended virgin.

    Now if only the CPC would announce a big reduction in the number of immigrants being allowed per year and a different screening of applicants to ensure only those who are compatible with democracy, our culture and values will be accepted, they would have a landslide victory.

  • Imperialism has to stop!

    The selling out with the TPP is much worse for the people of Canada and Quebec. Don’t forget about the dairy farmers in Quebec and auto makers in Ontario. Harper even reiterated that it was a bad deal for them and auto makers wouldn’t be happy. Canada needs to start, instead, standing up for domestic jobs, a mixed economy, being anti-free trade and finally caring about democracy and real fairness in this country. We also need independence in our institutions to give people hope and to bring people back to the process, which was created by PMs since Trudeau Sr. and has gone to Harper with more centralization and more control and secrecy. The Canadian Action party knows that the wars since 9/11 have created the chaos because war does not make things better. It, in fact, makes things worse and doubling down with more war will not fix anything. Much the reason why foreign policy of mainstream parties is not about building up but rather tearing down and about wanting to serve their corporate masters by wanting war. It is also because neoliberal foreign policy in its most basic terms is about war to serve the corporate masters and because the war economy is very much part of corporate capitalism.

    • Alain

      Billy Bob, is that you?

    • Mickey Oberman

      Your white flag is hanging limply.
      Come on, Ihts, wave it vigorously.
      Let the world see what you stand for – or kneel down to.

  • Imperialism has to stop!

    Canada needs to follow the traditions of PC and Liberal governments over time which never engaged in populist fearmongering, but actually built out foreign policy based on the fact that we are a middle power. That means in essence that we can only do much and we should be for mediation, diplomacy, ending conflict, a strategy on war and ending it and truly lessening the problems around the world through negotiation. That is not being a coward but developing a strategy through real facts and not manipulation. Populism is what the former Bush administration was for and continued under Obama as liberal interventionism. Both regimes, including now with Obama, have been for massive wars. The problem with Harper is he supported the rebel groups in Syria, along with Cameron, Hollande, Merkel and others. Therefore, it is nations picking and choosing alliances and choosing narratives. What ever happened to telling the truth and truly wanting the Canadian people to be informed and not manipulating the public through fear. The C-51 bill is another example of this.

    This has nothing to do with communism versus being left wing. It has to do with how nations create a foreign policy. All Western nations are pro-NATO and for following the US. We need independence on foreign policy. It is a shame people on here simply refuse to know that there are alternatives to everything, and not everything is black and white.

    • lolwut?

      Islam must be wiped out.

      End of story.

      • Imperialism has to stop!

        I agree that during bad economic times and when there is no full employment that immigration must be controlled but wars do impact third world people. The migrant crisis is a direct result of attacking Libya, and ME nations.

        The fact is the foreign policy we have now is just a double down from the one from 14 years ago. I think it is more about sounding tough than doing the right thing. Like I said above, former PC and Liberal governments understood that we are a middle power and as such we need to think strategically and develop thoughtful solutions that are evidence-based and based on proof rather than fear, and that proof must have something to do with the conditions in the real world.

        I know many in the mainstream like emotion and lack of real discussion but this is not a game. This is real life!

        • lolwut?

          I think you’ll find that most people on here agree that removing dictators in the middle east, no matter how big an asshole they are
          is a bad idea.

          • Imperialism has to stop!

            The only way to bring those migrants back I feel is working with Russia and their allies to stabilize the region. Secularist governments appear to be the best way to unite all the groups and that will return the migrants. It is the best way. It has to be a coalition of nations. There is no way around it.

          • lolwut?

            Western powers can pull out of the area 100%, not a single soul over there and they will still find an excuse to fight each other.

            They’ve been fighting since the dawn of time,. even before Islam appeared.

            Arabs and Persians are the real world version of Klingons
            hell, Roddenberry even based them on Arabs.

          • Imperialism has to stop!

            I don’t just look for reasons to hate because that will cause irrational behavior. It doesn’t serve a purpose other than working for the arms dealers and I have always suspected movements calling for distrust, fear and scapegoating, since those reasons don’t build societies, and that is following interventionism and the interventionist agenda.

            One could argue Christianity and Islam are not spared from war. People calling themselves evangelicals like Bush in the 2000’s and Obama being a Christian does not help. Remember that whether you call yourself religious or not war still occurs yet each president says God Bless America. It seems to me that is forgotten very easily.

            What really has to be understood is what type of world do we want to build! Also, pitting religion against religion is what rapturists want, meaning those that want Christ to return. Of course, Islam has a lot of problems as well. The real truth is if you are Christian will you ignore Christian atrocities and vice versa for Islam. That is why the whole bashing religion since I am not part of that religion is merely just a way of collective punishment, scapegoating and I would say grooming people to be soldiers. The point is the mind is easy to mold, especially when ideology is at stake.

            I know the whole song and dance. I think we need to get out of the ME and simply build societies here.

          • lolwut?

            It doesn’t matter.

            Islam has declared war on the west.
            They’ve done it before and we pushed them back.

            History book, read one.

          • Imperialism has to stop!

            That is your opinion and you are entitled to it but I feel that many are being used by it and we were sold down the river after 9/11. That is what I feel. It has also been about more police state and excuses.

            Also, history does not repeat itself. It is about cause and effect.

            The only part I don’t get about your previous comment is hat do you mean about what time when we pushed them back?!

          • Imperialism has to stop!


          • lolwut?

            Newsflash kiddo, Islam has been been playing it’s world domination game long before the USA existed and European countries even had much contact with the middle east.

            Again, Read a history book.
            If you’re too lazy to do that then this guy would be happy to assist
            in educating you.


          • infedel

            …one that not has been revised; also read the koran. No comparisons to the New Testament allowed because after reading history it is clear the Crusades were not biblical but a defense after 400 year of islamic war and enslavement. Gates of Vienna has a great rundown of this in their archives.

          • G

            I’ve read your comments and find them quite condescending. You dismiss others on this forum as emotional and intellectual lightweights.

            There is no point in debating with you or dealing with your points on an individual basis as it will be a complete waste of time.

            I think that many of the people on this forum have a more clear idea of the situation that you do. People like you love to sit back and criticize others and their actions while being in the comfortable position of never having to do anything yourself.
            The comfort of the armchair philosopher.

          • Mickey Oberman

            Make sure your white flag is washed and ironed.
            You would not want to offend anyone.

      • infedel


  • john700

    Let’s face it, Mr. Harper could have introduced the no-veil requirement when a person comes to the Canadian Consulate to be interviewed by the immigration officer. Make it clear that wearing a veil excludes you from obtaining a Canadian visa.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Harper is doing the right thing.
    Unless you want Canada to become another Sweden or Holland or France or Germany or UK or indeed the EU.