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NATIONAL PULSE – 4-in-10 outside Quebec would restrict wearing niqabs

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October 27, 2017 – While the vast majority of Quebecers support their province’s new law banning people from providing or receiving government services with their faces covered, new research from the Angus Reid Institute finds that four-in-ten outside of Quebec feel similarly.

Some 40 per cent of residents of Canada’s other nine provinces say women should be prohibited from visiting government offices while wearing a niqab. A further three-in-ten (31%) say such behaviour should be “discouraged but tolerated,” while fewer (28%) say it should be “welcome.”

These findings come as reactions to Quebec’s Bill 62 pervade Canada’s English-language media and Canadians across the country report they are paying close attention to the issue.

Regional and generational differences are key to Canadians views on this topic. Among Quebec residents fully seven-in-ten (70%) say women wearing niqabs should be prohibited from visiting government offices, and only 8 per cent say such people should be welcome. English-speaking regions, meanwhile, are more divided.

More Key Findings:

  • More than seven-in-ten Canadians (72%) paying either “some” or “a lot of attention” to this issue
  • Outside of Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan are the regions most likely to say niqabs should be “prohibited” at government facilities (46% and 52% do, respectively), while Manitoba is the most likely to say they should be “welcome” (41%)
  • There are significant differences on this question by age and past political affiliation as well. A plurality (42%) of those ages 18-34 say niqabs should be “welcome” at government offices, while nearly two-in-three past Conservative voters (62%) favour their prohibition

Link to the poll here: www.angusreid.org/bill-62-face-covering

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6 Comments on NATIONAL PULSE – 4-in-10 outside Quebec would restrict wearing niqabs

  1. THE niquab and the covering of hair etc has nothing to do with Islam,the religion. It has to do with men not wanting other men to admire their women and stops any display of physical assets to other men. We in many western cultures and religions also practiced it and some still do.It was a very short time ago when western women bathed at the beach in dresses and showing an ankle was extremely risque.
    It is of course all a crock,invented, and not required in the Koran. If some Muslim women wish to remain conned, so be it, but in this country they must under all circumstances, and by law remove any face covering if asked to by authority to establish their identity.

  2. Let’s get this straight. It is not an attack against Muslims, per se. It is a ban against face coverings of any kind to receive government services. One cannot wear a balaclava, a Lone Ranger mask, a hoodie with sunglasses, or any kind of face covering while getting government services. There is no ban on face coverings in public, other than for these services. It just so happens that certain cultural sects of Islam also require face coverings, which goes against Quebecs Bill 62. This is about security, but these same sects are making it out to be a racist issue. Islam is not a race, it is a religion, and only certain sects of that religion require the niqab. Should we change our security laws to allow certain religions to bypass sensible laws?

  3. grouchy one is absolutely correct

  4. Sorry to sound racist, but it was my impression that people immigrated to Canada to escape the harsh realities of their original country. Once they get here though, they want to bring their old traditions here, and we are supposed to change ours to accommodate them ? There is something wrong with that picture. There is absolutely no way that some of these country’s would allow us to do the same there, it would be assimilate or leave.

  5. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me. And there are probably a variety of reasons behind the ‘why’.

    Some of the opposed will be religiously-intolerant, just because the are. Others may see it as an issue of security and identity. Still others may see it as a symbol of the oppression of women.

    It’s interesting to note that some banks put up signs directing customers to remove their motorcycle helmet while in the building… if the rider is religious about riding, would that make it wrong? Sometimes political correctness goes too far.

  6. I wear glasses, small frames against what is modern. And I have clip-on sun glasses which I rarely use. That is probably why I forgot to take them off when we visited a casino. I was no more than a few steps inside when security guards came up and informed me that I could not enter while wearing sun glasses due to security reasons. That was a few years ago, before the terror attacks happening so frequently today. Political correctness was not an issue in those days, you were given a choice and that was it. It still is, you cannot enter most restaurants without proper clothing due to health regulations no matter what, and yet you can swim fully dressed in religious garb in a pool for example. We need to have laws across the board for everyone as long as there is a reason for those laws, not just for some.

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