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Liberals refuse to debate niqab motion
by Caroline Plante
The Couillard Liberals rejected an opposition motion Wednesday calling for the National Assembly to condemn the Federal Court of Appeal's decision to allow the wearing of niqabs during citizenship ceremonies.
Coalition Avenir Québec MNA Nathalie Roy said the motion she presented read as follows: "That the National Assembly demand that the federal government pass, as soon as possible, a law to make it mandatory to uncover one's face when taking an oath of citizenship".
Premier Philippe Couillard pointed out the case is still in front of the courts. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government is appealing the ruling to the Supreme Court and has vowed to re-introduce niqab legislation within 100 days if the Conservatives are re-elected on Oct. 19.
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