When Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi recently criticized the Conservative’s push to ban the niqab during citizenship ceremonies, Defense Minister Jason Kenney responded by accusing Nenshi, and “people like him”, of politicizing the issue.
Kenney introduced the ban when he was the citizenship and immigration minister.
That ban was found to be unconstitutional and overturned by the Federal Court, but the Conservatives have promised to take it to the Supreme Court, and if elected, to introduce legislation to turn the policy into law.
Nenshi was speaking with journalist Evan Soloman in an interview earlier this week when he made the comments about the Tories, stance on the niqab, saying “This is unbelievably dangerous stuff.”
Kenney defended the ban in an interview with the Calgary Herald yesterday.
“It seems to me that it’s the mayor and people like him who are politicizing it. I don’t think this should be an issue of contention.”
The Calgary mayor immediately took to Twitter:
“People like me”, eh? Let’s just assume @jkenney means “thoughtful people”, shall we?
On Twitter, Kenney’s comments have inspired the hashtag #PeopleLikeNenshi
Canada is the great country it is because of #peoplelikeNenshi. Doing the right thing is what Canadians do. Hope, not fear, motivates us.— Bob Ransford (@BobRansford) October 2, 2015