WOMAN TAKES CITIZENSHIP OATH WEARING NIQAB

Oct 09, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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A 29-year old woman, who won legal battles affirming her right to cover her face while taking the citizenship oath, finally did so Friday afternoon.
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Face covered, Zunera Ishaq took the oath at a government office in Mississauga.
”Thank you so much for honouring me here today,” she said tearily.
The Federal Court of Appeal recently dismissed a motion by the federal government to suspend a ruling in support of Ishaq.
While the government plans to take the matter to the Supreme Court, the Appeal Court cleared the way for Ishaq to wear the veil during the swearing-in, in time for this election.
She first challenged the niqab policy, introduced in 2011, when she was scheduled to take the oath last year.
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