The Harper government now has a bill in the legislative hopper that prohibits veiled women from voting.
On the face of it, this seems an unecessary, if not hysterical, attempt to pander to fears of Islam. Amid the divisive “reasonable accomodation” debate the last thing Canada needs is this unnecessary targeting of a minority group that had done nothing to provoke it. My recollection is that in Quebec there were all of seven Muslim women who wanted to vote keeping their veils on.
This legislation seems all more hypocritical when you consider the fact Canadians living abroad can vote without even going to a polling station.
Shamefully, the Bloc and the NDP support this bill and the Liberals have expressed misgivings but haven’t worked up the courage to vote against it.
Can you think of a single good reason why veiled Muslim women should not be able to vote?