The niqab has become a divisive federal election topic in recent weeks, with the Conservative government vowing to fight a Federal Court of Appeal ruling saying women shouldn’t have to remove niqabs, which cover their faces during citizenship ceremonies.
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Leaders from the Anglican, Catholic, Muslim and Hindu religions all took part in the meeting on Thursday, organized by the Religious Social Action Coalition.
While the focus was on poverty reduction, the niqab issue wasn’t far from their minds.
Mohammed Mazir, with the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, doesn’t think the niqab should be part of anyone’s campaign.
“It’s really an issue which I think certain politicians feel they can make some points and gain some ground,” he said after the meeting.
“That’s up to them, whether the public will support them or not. As far as we’re concerned, it’s totally a non-issue.”