[ View the story "Canadian politician goes after #PeopleLikeNenshi in niqab dispute" on Storify] Canadian politician goes after #PeopleLikeNenshi in niqab dispute Support for Canadian mayor trends amidst debate over face veils.
The Stream· Fri, Oct 02 2015 20:57:37
Canadians, including Nenshi himself, questioned the implication of Kenney's statement:
Mr. Kenney, when you say #PeopleLikeNenshi, do you mean mayors? Progressive thinkers? Or something of a different shade?Marty Chan
Thousands took up the hashtag #PeopleLikeNenshi in support of the mayor's stance and the right to wear niqab.
I'm a proud progressive Albertan. And the fear mongering/racist rhetoric does not represent me. Thank you @nenshi #peoplelikenenshi.Lana Michelle Hughes
I too believe that bullying a few immigrant women of colour, in order to pander to xenophobic voters is gutter politics. #peoplelikeNenshiPaula Simons
Trending again? What did my mayor do now? Oh, he ticked off @jkenney by standing up for human rights? Cool. #peoplelikeNenshi @nenshi #yycRichard Sigurdson
Thank goodness for #PeopleLikeNenshi who are compassionate and tolerant and not afraid to speak out for the rights of all Cdns. #cdnpoIiSu
I am #peoplelikenenshi. Do Canadians really want to let the government tell them what to wear? #cdnpoliKarri Ojanen
Others linked the federal ban to what they see as a larger trend of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country, particularly in Montreal, Quebec, where a pregnant woman wearing hijab was
knocked to the ground
. Quebec's proposed secular charter - which would have banned all "overt religious" symbols in public space - has been
to the legislation that banned face coverings at citizenship ceremonies.
Congrats to Stephen Harper & Gilles Duceppe for fomenting this climate> Pregnant Muslim woman attacked
#elxn42 #niqabAntonia Zerbisias
#peoplelikeNenshi don't like innocent women getting beat up on the streets of a major Canadian city for wearing a scarf.D.A. Jette
@thebrolster In Qc we've been dealing with anti-Muslim flareups for years. This debate has made women here, communities here, less safe.D.A. Jette
While many used the opportunity to support Nenshi, others spoke out against his stance.
@MacleansMag @InklessPW Covered faces have no place in a free society. It is not religious. It is oppressive to women.Florian
Only a white liberal would think a Muslim woman, usually immigrant, weak English, is choosing freely to be masked.
Those welded to political correctness deny it. But here in the real world, this message was a grand slam #elxn42
Still, others criticised the overall emphasis on the secularism debate.
Niqab is a non-issue dog whistle meant to cause division & appeal to antiMuslim feelings. It's #PrejudicePolitics by Harper, Kenney #cdnpoliDaly de Gagné
So ppl in Quebec feel the niqab is a bigger issue than corruption, fraud and C-51? What is wrong with people? #cdnpoli #elxn42Darren Garbutt
Recently spent 14 hrs in ER, & not once did I think 'this is all worth it cause Harper is keeping me safe from the Niquab' #cdnpoli #elxn42diddly-squat
In fact, the number of women who wear niqab to a citizenship ceremony is so small that Citizenship and Immigration Canada does not even keep records on it. Instead of obsessing about them, we could be talking about the creation of a national strategy to combat violence against all women, or Canada’s atrocious gender pay gap, or youth programs and social services that would support young women, or an inquiry into the more than 1,000 missing and murdered indigenous women, an exercise the prime minister has said is not “high on the radar.”chatelaine.com