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Behind the veil: explaining the niqab

Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday a similar rule is in place to take an oath of citizenship. (Peter McCabeCanadian Press).jpg
Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday women are no longer allowed to veil their faces while taking oaths of Canadian citizenship. (Peter McCabe/Canadian Press)

The federal government has announced changes to the way new Canadians take the oath of citizenship. From now on, no one is allowed to take the oath while wearing any kind of face covering.

The new rule primarily effects Muslim women who choose to veil their faces.

To get a better understanding of this 'veiled' world of the burqa, niqub and hijab Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Jasmine Zine, associate professor of sociology at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo.

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