drummer4now Posted March 12, 2015 Share Posted March 12, 2015 Prime Minister Stephen Harper took heat from the opposition and on social media Wednesday over his assertion that niqabs are "anti-women." "When he talks about a culture of 1.8 billion human beings as being anti-women ... that's very divisive and it's irresponsible and it's undignified from a Canadian prime minister," NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair told reporters Wednesday. Harper's statement came in the House of Commons on Tuesday in response to a question about the Conservative government's appeal of a Federal Court ruling that women be allowed to wear niqabs during citizenship ceremonies. "It's very easy to understand," Harper said. "Why would Canadians, contrary to our own values, embrace a practice at that time (of gaining citizenship) that is not transparent, that is not open and, frankly, is rooted in a culture that is anti-women?" The comment sparked the hashtag #DressCodePM, started by Globe and Mail columnist Tabatha Southey. "As long as the niqab remains an issue for him, it behooves all women of Canada to check w/@pmharper each morn as they dress," she tweeted. Women across the country joined in on Twitter, asking the prime minister to approve their outfits. When Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau accused Harper in question period Wednesday of calling Islam anti-women, the prime minister retorted: "I said no such thing." Harper then blasted Trudeau for using a recent speech to compare Harper's policies to the Nazi era. He said the "overwhelming majority of moderate Muslims" don't think anyone should cover their faces during citizenship. Mulcair told reporters that Harper was trying to "back away" from the controversial statement, "but he said what he said." http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2015/03/11/22282301.html http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-says-overwhelming-majority-agrees-with-tories-on-niqabs-1.2990439 Can someone please get this buffoon out of power asap... He is way out of touch with reality.. Also to those that say it's a security issue for when women are covered up during citizenship ceremonies, what is often never acknowledged is even before the ceremony you have to show your face to a officer to write the test... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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