QMI Agency reported Monday that new regulations require Muslims to unveil themselves of niqabs and burkas to obtain citizenship.It's a great start. Now it's about time to reintroduce the bill that would ban veiled voting - for the very same reason. After all, if people should no longer be allowed to hide their faces while making a citizenship oath - while should we allow them to hide their faces at the polling station?
"We are all coming together as Canadians at that moment in a public ceremony and -- you know what? -- if you don't like it, if you feel uncomfortable, then maybe you chose the wrong country in the first place," said Kenney.
The minister scoffed at suggestions that Muslim women could be taken to a side room for a mini ceremony where they could wear the niqab with a female bureaucrat present.
"I said, 'No, no, no, no, no.' We're not going to have two tiers of citizens, we're not going to treat people differently," he said on The Source, a Sun News TV program.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
It might be a symbolic gesture, but it's a step in the right direction. And an important message to all those who defy Canada's founding culture and values, demanding instead special accommodation for whatever culture they brought with them: maybe they picked the wrong country to call home.