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Court dismisses appeal over niqab at citizenship ceremonies

Harper government’s rule banning face coverings at citizenship ceremonies had earlier been found unlawful


 
Zunera Ishaq. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

Zunera Ishaq. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

OTTAWA – A Federal Court of Appeal panel has dismissed a government appeal over a ban on face coverings at citizenship ceremonies.

The three justices ruled from the bench, saying they wanted to proceed quickly so that Zunera Ishaq, the woman who initially challenged the ban, can obtain her citizenship in time to vote in the Oct. 19 federal election.

Ishaq, a 29-year-old woman with devout Muslim beliefs who came to Ontario from Pakistan in 2008, refused to take part in a citizenship ceremony because she would have to show her face.

The Harper government’s rule banning face coverings at such ceremonies was earlier found unlawful by the Federal Court.

Justice Department lawyer Peter Southey argued unsuccessfully that the lower court justice made errors in his original decision to overturn the ban.

Appeal Justice Mary Gleason said the court say no reason to interfere with earlier ruling

The ban on face coverings sparked a bitter debate in the House of Commons when it was first announced.


 
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Court dismisses appeal over niqab at citizenship ceremonies

  1. LOL Judges with a wicked sense of humour……I wish her joy in voting.

  2. This is a win for the cons. They tried to do what a number Canadians want…to get rid of niqabs and they failed. Just like with the Insite, it will please their base that they tried. Now what is the rule in Quebec? Are they still banning niqab-wearing women from school rooms and public buildings due to security?

    • That’s a good example of “Newspeak’…..Orwell 1984

  3. This is a bad ruling and completely against the wishes of a large majority of Canadians who believe in an open and secular society. We are selling our culture and beliefs down the river.

  4. Who are those people – how anyone in their right mind would ever allow a person wanting to become a citizen to force her religious beliefs on the Canadian people.
    This is the reason we are in serious trouble in this great country of ours.
    I cannot express the feelings I am having – inside I am absolutely boiling mad at this farce.
    No Lord’s Prayer – no Merry Christmas – no wearing your cross at work and yet these people are allowed to ride bikes without helmets because their turban won’t fit under a helmet – we get fined – what a crock – They can drop in the middle of street at face the East – disrupt traffic and nothing is said.
    Ceremonial daggers in there head dress in courts but we have to leave our hunting knife in the truck.
    I am just sick.
    The moment she refused to abide by the laws and customs of our country she should have been put on the next flight back to Pakistan and all like her.
    I suggest you to to Pakistan and pull the same stunt she pulled here and see what the consequences would be – your head on a stake in the park.
    That’s why she came here – to be free – we can hang our heads – all is lost.
    I just feel like puking and these judges are the worst of the worst – the lowest form of life and they are Canadians – God help us all – but then you can’t God because it may offend.

    I wish her joy in voting – judges with a sense of humour.
    This joke will come back to bite us all on the ass.
    as Ben used to say “and Jesus wept”

    • “how anyone in their right mind would ever allow a person wanting to become a citizen to force her religious beliefs on the Canadian people.”

      Uh, you may want to read it again if you haven’t already had a stroke.
      The ruling confirmed that the government can’t force their wardrobe choices on the rest of us.

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