Federal Government Abandons Appeal In Niqab Case

Update:see previous post – November 12, 2015 Federal Gov’t. to Abandon Niqab Ban Appeal at the Supreme Court

The Federal government has abandoned it's leave application to the Supreme Court of Canada of the Federal Court of Appeal's decision regarding wearing a niqab at Citizenship swearing-in ceremony. This case was used by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a wedge issue in the Federal election in which he lost power and stepped down as the Conservative leader.
The Federal government has abandoned it’s leave application to the Supreme Court of Canada (above) of the Federal Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision regarding wearing a niqab at Citizenship swearing-in ceremony. This case was used by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a wedge issue in the Federal election in which he lost power and stepped down as the Conservative leader on October 19, 2015.

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The Liberal government is abandoning a highly controversial court challenge involving the niqab.

The Conservatives had asked the Supreme Court of Canada to hear an appeal of a ruling that said it was unlawful to prohibit women from wearing a face covering at a citizenship ceremony.

Stephen Harper’s government argued it was important for new citizens to show their face at the moment they become Canadian.

Justice Department lawyer Peter Southey argued unsuccessfully that the lower court judge made errors in his original decision to overturn the ban. But Gleason said the court saw no reason to interfere with the earlier ruling.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould ordered that the federal government, who was previously seeking leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to the Supreme Court, be formally withdrawn.

The Liberals accused the Conservatives of using the niqab, which is worn by only a small number of women, as a distraction and a wedge issue during the recent federal election campaign.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Immigration Minister John McCallum say the court application has been discontinued.

In a statement, they say Canada’s diversity is among its greatest strengths, and the Liberals are ensuring that successful citizenship candidates continue to be included in the Canadian family.

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.
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