A woman’s right to keep her face covered has turned into a hot-button issue during this election campaign.
Zunera Ishaq, 29, who came to Canada in 2008, has fought in court for the right to wear her niqab during her citizenship oath, a fight that was challenged unsuccessfully by the federal government several times.
The latest decision by the Federal Court of Appeal on Monday means the mother of three, who is taking her certification to upgrade a teacher’s degree from Pakistan, will get to keep her niqab on while being sworn in as a Canadian citizen later this month.
Since that decision, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has vowed to ban niqabs in the federal civil service if re-elected.
When Yahoo Canada News caught up with Ishaq on Thursday, she was feeling excited after learning that she would be taking her citizenship oath before Oct. 19, making her eligible to vote on election day.
Q: Why is it important for you to wear the niqab during the citizenship ceremony?
A: It is very