Niqab ban for public servants would be considered, says Stephen Harper #elxn42

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says he is studying whether to introduce a law — like Quebec’s — that would require Muslim women who wear a niqab to unveil their faces when delivering public services as an employee of the government, or receiving them as a citizen.

The Conservative leader had made similar statements in French in recent days that went unnoticed outside Quebec, and Harper’s aides later said he was merely reiterating the government’s position.

An idea whose time has come.

Islam is not peaceful – it does not play well with others anywhere in the world.

The niqab is a political statement,  an insult to our heritage and values.

All efforts to insinuate the violent supremacist cult of Islam into the public sphere should be denied outright.

  • k1962

    The niqab and burka need to be banned everywhere in Canada. It is offensive because it represents hateful, misogynistic values. I don’t want to see it even at Superstore and especially not on a teenaged girl.

    • Alain

      Totally agree about banning the niqab anywhere in public, but not the burka. Yes, I find it offensive but then I also find turbans in the RCMP offensive. My point is that I doubt banning the burka would stand up, since we have travelled too far down the road of accepting things that should have been rejected. The niqab however is a very different issue since it hides the identity of the wearer.

      • k1962

        The Burka also covers the face and hides the wearer’s identity. It’s what they wear in Afghanistan. There is only a mesh to see out of. I think you are thinking about the hijab which is just a head covering and I’m fine with that. Sikh turbans don’t offend me at all. A turban on an ayatollah is another story 😉

        • Alain

          Just did a google search of both terms and there is clearly a lot of confusion about what each one actually is. Whatever the term, anything hiding the face/identity of a person anywhere in public should be illegal. I still disagree about accepting the turban in the RCMP, since no one is forced to join the RCMP and joining meant you were already aware of the dress requirements. Also in BC there is a helmet law requiring all cyclists to wear a helmet unless you were a turban. That is nonsense. Either a helmet is truly a safety requirement (agree this is questionable) or it isn’t. Allowing a turban to replace a helmet confirms that it is not about safety. Outside of these two situations I don’t have a problem with seeing people wearing their turbans in public.

        • Justin St.Denis

          The hijab became popular in the mid-1970s as a female expression of solidarity with Islamic supremacism. I am not okay with the hijab for that reason. Ditto the ISIS flag.

  • David

    “The niqab is a political statement, an insult to our heritage and values.”


    • moraywatson

      And the hijab is also a political statement.

  • David Murrell

    Check out the main pages of CBC News and the Globe and Mail. Both outlets are cramming their news with anti-Harper stories. Part of the reason has to do with their hatred of Harper and Conservatives. But much of the journalistic-sleaze has to do with their love of radical Islamism and their hatred of Judeo-Christian ethics, and their hatred of Western democratic ideals. The next 2 1/2 week our corporate, establishment media will go haywire against Harper. The fix is in.

  • The niqab is like the minaret – it is a public marker of cultural and political takeover. It is a symbol of aggression and conquest. The more niqabs and minarets, the further advanced the takeover.

  • Oracle9

    Look at the comments on the CBC article. Lefties’ heads are exploding as they clamor for Sharia law in Canada.

  • Liberal Progressive

    It is racist to ban the burqa with civil service workers.

    Hopefully Trudeau when he becomes Prime Minister will counter this by making it mandatory one day a year for all female civil servants to wear one in solidarity with their comrades who wear them every day.

    • H

      What race are you referring to? The Islamic race, perhaps? Never heard of that one myself ….

    • Minicapt

      … and Lizzie May to wear it 24/7/365. Also with other selected members of the Grit and Dipper caucuses.


  • The Butterfly

    The leftists are exploding with rage over this.

    • bverwey

      That only means we are to something. Keep pushing back for the truth faster please.

  • FactsWillOut

    The independent spirit of we western-Europeans has been destroyed utterly. We now look to the government to fix everything, when it was the government who made the problems in the first place.
    Now that we are all thoroughly emasculated and subservient to the state, I have no doubt that any move towards real limited government and individual independence would result in Somalia-like conditions, as citizens start letting roads decay and waste pile up.
    The west is now populated almost entirely by willing serfs who clamor to give the state more power over them.
    Fools all.

  • Tokenn

    Maybe if the courts and Opposition parties succeed in preventing any banning or legal discrimination against the niqab, _I_ will start wearing one. Maybe we all should.

    If you can’t erase a symbol, you can at least cheapen it, mock it and make it meaningless. I bet public critics of Islam would get lots of attention by doing this…assuming they aren’t mobbed by the Faithful…