In the News: Canadians Oppose Niqab

Canadians of all stripes oppose face coverings at citizenship ceremonies: Vote Compass, CBC News, 2015-09-22

Canadians right across the political spectrum are opposed to immigrants being allowed to wear facial coverings during the citizenship ceremony, according to the latest results from Vote Compass, CBC’s online voter engagement survey.

Asked whether immigrants should be allowed to cover their faces for religious reasons while taking the oath of citizenship, 72 per cent of Canadians say no. Only 19 per cent say they are OK with the idea.

Between Sept. 17 and 18, those taking the online survey were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “Immigrants should be allowed to cover their faces for religious reasons while swearing the oath of citizenship.” The question garnered 13,930 respondents.

Opposition is greatest (89%) in Quebec. Opposition among immigrants is almost as high as among respondants born in Canada.

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