Zunera Ishaq finally a Canadian Citizen

Reply Sat 10 Oct, 2015 08:35 am
Woman at heart of niqab debate granted citizenship in private ceremony


Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 4:19PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 9, 2015 5:03PM EDT

The woman who won the legal right to wear a niqab during her citizenship oath has officially become Canadian.

Zunera Ishaq, 29, was granted citizenship Friday afternoon in a private ceremony in Mississauga, west of Toronto, said her lawyer Lorne Waldman.
"It was a very emotional ceremony," he said.

Before the oath, "she was taken into a room and identified herself and took off her veil in front of a female officer," he said.

"After that, we went into the office of the judge and performed the full ceremony," Waldman said.

"The judge made a very moving statement about what it means to be a Canadian...and then she was given her certificate, she signed her oath card, which every Canadian has to do, and then after that we all sang O Canada."
Media photos show Ishaq taking the oath wearing a floral-patterned niqab. She had previously said she wished to obtain citizenship in time to vote in the federal election on Oct. 19.

Her case has proved a polarizing issue during the election -- one she says has tarnished Canadians' views of her fellow Muslims.
The controversy stems from a 2011 Conservative government policy banning new Canadians from wearing face coverings while taking their citizenship oaths.

Ishaq refused to do so on religious grounds, and her efforts to challenge the new rules ended up before the courts.

The Federal Court of Canada found the policy unlawful in February, and the Federal Court of Appeal recently upheld the ruling.

The government has refused to back down, however, saying the issue will now be taken to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has consistently argued that showing one's face at the moment of becoming a Canadian citizen is consistent with Canada's values and a necessary measure to ensure national security.

Waldman said Ishaq did not request a private ceremony.

and the world didn't come to an end

unfortunately the head of the Dishonourable Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, didn't explode at the moment of the swearing in ceremony

but then you can't always get what you want
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Reply Sat 10 Oct, 2015 08:43 am
She's an interesting young woman. She wears a niqab against the preference of her parents, says she wouldn't tell a daughter to wear one, says the choice to wear a niqab is one she made just for herself.

She apparently wants to qualify as a teacher here now that she has her citizenship.

I stayed up way too late yesterday/today listening to more coverage of this case on Midori House.
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Reply Sun 11 Oct, 2015 06:29 am
This lovely lady just won The Great British Bake Off. And her win was well deserved, she was the best. That hasn't stopped the right wing tabloids moaning about political correctness at the BBC.

Reply Sun 11 Oct, 2015 08:44 am
She's fantastic. I sent a Guardian article about her to Diane, and now she's a fan too.

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