Canada bans burka at citizenship swearing in

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2011 12:55 PM
Canada bans burka at citizenship swearing in

Canada's immigration minister says new Canadians will have to remove any face-coverings, such as the Islamic niqab or burka, while they take the oath of citizenship.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday he's received complaints from lawmakers and citizenship judges who say it's difficult to ensure that individuals whose faces are covered are actually reciting the oath.

Kenney says it's also a question of values. He says new Canadians should be taking the oath in view of their fellow citizens.

The location of the announcement was not without symbolism. The French-speaking province of Quebec has had debates over how much should Canada bend to accommodate newcomers.