Jagmeet Singh should denounce the niqab

Federal NDP leadership contender Jagmeet Singh may never have heard of Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian author and the country’s leading women’s rights activist.

Had Singh read El Saadawi or any other progressive Muslim women among the world’s one billion Muslims – like Britain’s Yasmin Ali-Bhai Brown or Pakistan’s UN Rapporteur on Human Rights, Asma Jahangir – he would perhaps not have made the absurd claim that defending the niqab was, as he told the Toronto Star, showing “solidarity with Muslim Canadians who may feel targeted by legislation on religious clothing.”

An orthodox Sikh, Singh made the absurd claim that those who oppose medieval face masks (niqab or burka) were contributing to Islamophobia.