Asked about the ruling last week, the prime minister denounced the court decision, saying most Canadians consider it offensive for someone to conceal their identity at the moment they are becoming a citizen.
But those in authority must be careful when treading on minority rights, said Trudeau, who said Harper’s reasons for appealing the ruling aren’t good enough.
“Any time a government or a leader is in a position to choose to limit minority rights of any type, there has to be a very good justification — a clear and compelling reason to do so,” Trudeau said.
“The reason the prime minister gave last week for appealing the court’s decision around the niqab was, to my mind, not at all justifying the prime minister’s decision.”
Zunera Ishaq, a Pakistani national, filed suit against the minister of citizenship and immigration, claiming the government’s policy on veils violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Rights and Freedoms? For whom, exactly does this piece of lawfare benefit?