Canada withdrew its appeal to the high court of a decision that struck down a popular ban on the niqab and swayed the outcome of recent legislative elections.
Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould said she has notified the Supreme Court that the government has “discontinued its application for leave in the case.” Al Arabia News reported.
“Canada’s diversity is among its greatest strengths, and today we have ensured that successful citizenship candidates continue to be included in the Canadian family. We are a strong and united country because of, not in spite of, our differences,” she said in a joint statement with Immigration Minister John McCallum.
A lower court ruling in support of a Muslim woman’s right to wear the veil, which covers all of her face except the eyes, had become a hot-button issue four weeks before last month’s legislative elections.
The prohibition against newcomers wearing the veil during citizenship ceremonies had been introduced by the previous Tory administration in 2011. But it was quashed by a lower court in September.
The ruling marked a pivotal turn in the election campaign.
The court battle at the center of the controversy was brought by Toronto-area resident Zunera Ishaq, who argued successfully that the ban violated her religious freedoms under Canada’s rights charter.
Originally from Pakistan, Ishaq arrived in Canada in 2008 and passed her citizenship test in 2013. But she refused to participate in the oath-reciting ceremony because she did not want to do it with her face uncovered.. Tags: #Niqab #Canada #
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