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Dec 13, 2011 13:55
Category: Religious News

New Canadians - Burqa ban

    MONTREAL (AP) - Canada's immigration minister says new Canadians
will have to remove any face-coverings, such as the Islamic niqab
or burqa, while they take the oath of citizenship.
     Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday he's received
complaints from lawmakers and citizenship judges who say it's
difficult to ensure that individuals whose faces are covered are
actually reciting the oath.
     Kenney says it's also a question of values. He says new
Canadians should be taking the oath in view of their fellow
     The location of the announcement was not without symbolism. The
French-speaking province of Quebec has had debates over how much
Canada should bend to accommodate newcomers.