According to the Toronto Sun, a Leger Marketing online poll found that 54 per cent of respondents favour the government following France’s lead and not allowing women to wear burkas in public for safety and transparency reasons. Only 20 per cent of respondents said Canada shouldn’t consider a ban because it’s an issue of freedom of religion and freedom of expression. A full 15 per cent said it didn’t affect them either way.
Of older Canadians—those 65 and over—71 per cent agree with a ban, and only 40 per cent of Canadians 18-34 years old said burkas should be banned. In Quebec, where the question of reasonable accommodation for new Canadians has been debated for some time, 73 per cent of respondents are in favour of such a ban.
I’m not surprised at the results. It just does not sit well with many Canadians that people walk around in public with their faces covered. It’s not our way. It has nothing to do with freedom of religion and it’s a vile practice that suggests to us women are considered second class citizens by Muslims and that Muslims believe their men are not able to control their sexual urges.