Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau Face Off Over Niqab Debate

Trudeau made the following claim, “The prime minister made more alarming statements yesterday on the rights and freedoms of Canadians. Can he please explain to Canada’s half a million Muslim women why he said their chosen faith is anti-women?”

Harper’s response was that the overwhelming majority agreed with him on the niqab.

“These are not the views only of the overwhelming majority of Canadians, they are the views of the overwhelming majority of Muslims, moderate Muslims… It is up to the leader of the Liberal Party to explain why he is so far outside that mainstream view.” Harper said.

“Why would Canadians, contrary to our own values, embrace a practice at that time that is not transparent, that is not open and frankly is rooted in a culture that is anti-women?” Harper asked.

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