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March 11, 2015

Canadians mock PM's face veil comments with #DressCodePM

Stephen Harper says face veil culture is "anti-women".

February 12: Zunera Ishaq, woman who launched the legal challenge against Ottawa's niqab ban at citizenship oath-taking ceremony (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star/Getty).

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his attempts at banning women from wearing a face veil during Canadian citizenship ceremonies, saying the veil was "rooted in a culture that is anti-women". Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau accused the prime minister of stoking anti-Muslim sentiment. Harper responded by saying that "almost all Canadians oppose the wearing of face coverings during citizenship ceremonies".