“Canada’s diversity is our great and unique strength,” Trudeau said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“We are the one country in the world that has figured out how to be strong, not in spite of our differences but because of them. So, the prime minister of this country has a responsibility to bring people together in this country, not to divide us by pandering to some people’s fears.”
Harper’s approach “frays away the edges of our multicultural fabric … (by) stoking and pandering to fears rather than allaying them,” he added.
What’s more, “it’s unworthy of someone who is prime minister for all Canadians.” justin trudeau
Trudeau is reflecting a view that somehow Canadians who oppose special treatment for Muslims are afraid of Muslims.
The alternative view is that Canada should treat all of its citizens equally and pander to none.
By making unnecessary – the veil is not a religious requirement of Islam – accommodation for particular classes of citizens and potential citizens we are creating the conditions in which there may well, in time, be something to fear as there is in France, England, Denmark, Holland, Germany and many other European nations.
Refusing to allow a Muslim woman to take her citizenship oath wearing a political statement is making it easy for a political cult to infest Canada. There are many Canadians who are uneasy with the demands political Islam makes. Excluding a woman who refuses to unveil will make Canada seem a bit hostile to political and cultural Islam. Good. Let people who want veiled women and sharia law go somewhere else. Canada neither needs nor wants them.
Trudeau thinks we have figured out how to be strong in spite of differences. We have; but none of the differences which prior groups of immigrants have brought to Canada include explicit political loyalty to a supremacist cult. The veil is an explicitly political act and, frankly, a direct insult to the nation the veiled woman and her family wish to emigrate to.
The divide in Canada is between those of us who see Islam as an overtly expansionist political organization with a thin veneer of religion and those, like Trudeau, who deny the express teachings of the Koran, the Wahabbi supremacy and the anti-asimilationist rhetoric that is modern Islam. Trudeau seems to be under the impression that there is nothing to fear, nothing to reject in Islam. He is wrong and by attacking Harper for recognizing the profound political importance of the veil, he is demonstrating just how unfit he is for office.
Obviously any federal measure to dictate wardrobe choices should be viewed with concern by those who hold conservative or libertarian views. To help assess the actual risk that Mr. Harper’s sartorial regulations are intended to protect us from, can someone provide any documentation of the instances in which fraud in a citizenship proceeding was perpetrated by disguised Muslim applicants?
She is applying to be Canadian. TRADITION AND CANADIAN VALUES demand when saying an oath, you do not cover your face. There aree no federal measures to dictate wardrobe choices. Besides, if your face is covered, how would you know fraud? There was a couple of robberies committed by burqa robed people in Toronto which shows exactly how fraud can be committed with a face covering.
Lyndia, just so I’m clear – you’re not aware of any actual cases
Sorry, Lyndia, I hit “send” too quickly. So to be clear: you’re not aware of any actual cases of attempted fraud in a citizenship proceeding was perpetrated by disguised Muslim applicants?