The Conservative government should be wary of letting the debate around the niqab extend beyond the bounds of citizenship ceremonies, according to new poll results.
This week Abacus Data released results of a national survey of public opinion about the rights of Muslim women to wear the niqab and the hijab in Canada.
According to the study, Canadians are generally uncomfortable with women wearing a niqab or hijab — 56 per cent of those surveyed would prefer it if women didn’t wear niqabs at all in public places.
But overwhelmingly, at 64 per cent, Canadians believe regardless of whether they like the niqab, it’s not their place to say what others should and shouldn’t wear. Seventy-seven per cent of those surveyed said the same thing about the hijab.
More than half of the respondents said it should be a matter of personal choice to wear a niqab, at 55 per cent; 73 per cent said wearing the hijab is a matter of personal choice as well.
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