She said the issue is one of public safety.
"To cover your face is to conceal your identity," she said.”
Without debating the religious authenticity of both articles of clothing, one can easily argue that banning these items is an insult to one's freedom of choice. Even if it is only a cultural expression, it is one that deserves to be protected. Imagine if we were to ban all cultural practices. Would Toronto still be the most diverse city in the world? What would happen to our image of being the most multicultural nation in the world?The Canadian culture itself is nothing, if not a fusion of the many different groups from around the world that have come to defines its various regions.
As for the identification concern that some may bring up, it is not a valid point because there are many articles of clothing such as hoodies, hats, and ski mask that impede identification. Clearly there have been more reported cases of criminal activity by people wearing such articles of clothing, over niqabs or burkas. If we banned these, can you imagine how much easier it would be spot a criminal in a surveillance video?
As for political purposes, keep in mind that you can vote by mail. So anyone who says its becomes a hindrance to you during election time is not fully aware of the laws they claim to be protecting.
CMC does not appear to identify with these Canadian values or Muslim values. They are not representing anyone and hold no authority to decide what a certain group should or should not be able to do. In my opinion, this seems like a publicity stunt, and nothing more.
Let them know what you think. Here’s there contact information.
Telephone: (416) 473-2552