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Niqab ban at citizenship ceremony struck down by court
by Nicholas Keung
The Federal Court of Canada has ruled it is "unlawful" for Ottawa to order new citizens to remove their face-covering veil when taking the oath of citizenship.
The federal government must immediately lift its existing ban allowing Toronto's Zunera Ishaq to reschedule a new citizenship ceremony unless it appeals the ruling and receives the permission to suspend the order, the Federal Court said in a decision released Friday.
While it is not unusual to have government policies overturned in breach of Charter and constitutional rights, the court ruling is unusual because the decision was based on the finding that the ban mandated by the immigration minister violated the government's own immigration laws.
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