TORONTO — New Canadian citizens must remove any face coverings,
such as the Islamic niqab or burqa, while they take the oath of
citizenship, the country’s immigration minister said Monday.
Jason Kenney said most Canadians have misgivings about Islamic
face coverings and said new Canadians should take the oath in view of
their fellow citizens. He said he has received complaints from lawmakers
and citizenship judges who say it’s difficult to ensure that
individuals whose faces are covered are actually reciting the oath.
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