Another example of the #HarperGovernment
ignoring the advice of its experts and going with its "gut". Not to improve Canada as a whole but to improve the #CPC
's standing among specific electorate.
"Gender segregation for modesty is hardly contrary to #Canadian
values, as Prime Minister Stephen #Harper
suggests – it’s an integral part of our social system. Our bathrooms and changing rooms are separate for precisely that reason. We may walk around the public pool in skin-tight bathing suits, but when it’s time to change, we expect to do so free from opposite-sex oglers. Some may think this overly prudish, but their perception is not allowed to prevail over our personal sense of propriety.
Allowing Ms. Ishaq to swear her oath among women resolves the conflict. But in 2011, citizenship and immigration minister Jason Kenney, rejecting the advice of his own legal advisers, took that choice away. Ministry e-mails cited in court show he spurned accommodation and made public removal of the #niqab
The Harper government wasn’t interested in finding a reasonable solution. It instead spent $260,000 in a losing battle to fight Ms. Ishaq in two lower courts, and it is prepared to spend much more.
All this for no other reason than to force a few dozen women a year to perform a niqab peep show.
Oh, and to win votes in a critically tight election."#cdnpoli #vote2015