The expansion of the ‘’Niqab controversy’’

by KW on September 24, 2015 - 10:40pm

We are in September 2015. In a few weeks there will be the Canadian elections going on. That means that for now, we see a couple of debates against the leading party leaders. Well those debates took a weird turn. Tom Mulcair, leader of the NDP, accused Steven Harper, actual Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party to use the ‘’Niqab controversy’’ to his advantage. Basically, according to CBC News, Tom Mulcair said that Steven Harper is hiding behind the Niqab discussion to avoid dealing with his real issues. Obviously, Steven Harper denied it.

To be honest, I find it a bit stupid. That kind of debate shouldn’t take place at this point, what am I saying? It shouldn’t take place at all. Of course it does because every parties are trying to shut down each other. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the Niqab controversy is a recent problem that happened in the province of Quebec. We are currently trying to decide if we should allow it everywhere, or have some restrictions. This situation cannot continue. Something has to be done. Sure, it is not something easy to deal with, but we still have to do it, right? In my opinion, I believe that the province of Quebec is an open society. I would allow the Niqab as long as it does not cause any problems. I would also try to manage to solve the problems and allow the Niqab. So basically, I would make sure there’s no problem and allow Niqab. If there is a problem, I would fix it. If the problem can’t be fix or deal with, then I would ban the Niqab for this specific situation. For example, if a woman wants to vote with a Niqab, she can go in another room and show her face to another woman to prove her identity. Whatsoever, we have to fix this problem.



What many people do not know is that the Niqab is much more of a cultural thing than religious. According to many Islamic scholars, the hijab (piece of clothing that only covers the hair) is enough for a woman to wear in order to abide by Islamic dress code. The Niqab is more of a cultural piece of clothing that originated in the Arabic countries.

Regarding Mulclair using this controversy against Harper, it is totally normal. Politicians always use the “hottest” controversy against their opponents. I agree with you that what Mulclair said about dodging the real issues. First of all, the Niqab is a real issue, people have different opinions about it and it is causing some people to go nuts on social media. Second, even though I am not a supporter of Stephen Harper and the Tories, he has been getting lots of heat for the problems that Canada is in, including the recession. Thus, Tom Mulclair’s comment makes no sense at all.


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