"So, I'm not allowed on a bus?"
There is quite simply no objective evidence to support that such a ban would help intergroup relations in Quebec. On the contrary - a ban on religious clothing is likely to accentuate the detachment felt by members of religious minorities, and other cultural minorities, towards Quebec society.
"We can study it as long as we want, we need to attack the core issues."
Since NAFTA was implemented, we have realized that free trade was not just about the elimination of commercial boundaries and protectionist trade policies, but also about allowing delocalization to take place. And just as Sanders is considering to reintroduce the Glass Steagal act, the NDP should also propose to reintroduce firewalls between financial institutions.
It is extraordinary and unprecedented that a federal political party would want to wage, as part of its re-election campaign, a war on niqab-wearing Muslim women. The sequence of events that led up to the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision suggest that events played out exactly as Conservative strategists planned or, at least, as they would have wished.
Leave it to the East Coast to give this issue the lightness it needs.
"I literally could have been anybody," said Gail Thorne.
Those who oppose the ban shouldn't insist that it's so obvious a rights violation that it doesn't merit explanation. It is impudent to simply dismiss a large majority of Canadians who support the idea of a niqab ban at a citizenship ceremony, as misguided as that may be.
Be aware that, in our midst, a group of Canadian citizens are being dehumanized. History has shown us over and over again that this leads to oppression, hatred, and violence. Move past your knee-jerk reaction of protectionism. Don't be fooled by rhetoric. Understand that to that Muslim woman wearing the niqab, not being able to choose what she wears is oppression, even if it makes you personally uncomfortable.
Trudeau says Harper "needs to stop."