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October 2, 2015

Canadian politician goes after #PeopleLikeNenshi in niqab dispute

Support for Canadian mayor trends amidst debate over face veils.
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Canadians rallied around Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi after a Conservative politician claimed "people like him" are politicising debate over women's right to the religious face cover known as niqab.


The debate surfaced after a woman applying for citizenship in 2013 sued the federal government for its ban on face coverings during the public swearing-in ceremony. The government lost the suit and appeal, but have promised to take the case to the Supreme Court.


In a SiriusXM radio interview on Wednesday, Nenshi said he thought the conservative political stance on the issue was "disgusting" and "unbelievably dangerous stuff".


Conservative politician Jason Kenney - who introduced the ban in 2011 - said "it is the mayor and the people like him who are politicising" the issue.

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