National Council of Canadian Muslims slams Conservative leadership candidate for niqab ban comment

THE National Council of Canadian Muslims on Monday noted that Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre suggested: “There was no niqab ban. I would never support that, nor did [former prime minister] Mr. [Stephen] Harper. What Mr. Harper proposed was that a person’s face be visible during citizenship ceremonies”.
It added: “The Federal Court of Appeal found that Harper’s niqab ban at citizenship ceremonies was unlawful. It is sad to see any elected official attempt to recontextualize an odious chapter in Canadian history that many members of his own party have apologized about.”
“Let’s call a spade a spade,” said NCCM’s CEO Mustafa Farooq. “While we take no position on the Conservative leadership race itself, we will never forget the sacrifice Zunera Ishaq made in standing up for her rights – against a government that tried to deny her the ability to be who she was. Our leaders should not attempt to gaslight Canadians to suggest that there was no niqab ban. Instead our leaders need to focus on bringing people together”.