Trudeau government withdraws niqab appeal, deems it "unlawful"

Dec 19 2017, 6:31 pm

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould issued a statement on Monday saying the Attorney General of Canada has withdrawn an appeal in the on-going niqab lawsuit.

Zunera Ishaq launched a lawsuit against Harper’s Conservative government after she was told she would have to remove her niqab when she takes the citizenship oath. She won her case, but the government appealed the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision.

“The government respects the decision of both courts and will not seek further appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada,” reads Wilson-Raybould’s statement.

“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.”

This is the first major move by the Liberal Government since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assumed office on November 4.

Ishaq took the citizenship oath on October 5 wearing her niqab.

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