Or so Stephen Harper wants us to believe.
Now he is insisting that he will push forward legislation to ban the niqab for those employed in the public service. He won't ban crosses, or kippahs, because people who wear those vote for him. No, he is bound and determined that niqabs be banned because by doing this he can whip up support among the openly xenophobic and racist members of society.
No one is complaining about the oppression of having to talk to someone in federal service who wears a niqab. Hell, no one is even really sure who in the federal public service might be wearing a niqab, if anyone. But this is a problem that must be solved, and the fact that it isn't a problem shouldn't stop us.
Let us, for a moment, step aside from these distraction tactics and look at the big picture. Harper's government has been found in contempt of Parliament. He has tried to eliminate fact based decision making by muzzling scientists and removing the long form census. Our economy is in recession, our debt has skyrocketed under his leadership, and his government has been wracked with scandals revealing disgusting levels of corruption.
If you are big on the economy, Harper is a disaster. If you are big on accountability, Harper is a disaster. If you are big on honesty and transparency, Harper is a disaster. Same goes for the environment and Canada's international image.
There is literally no reason to vote Conservative aside from liking their racist rhetoric. So while I definitely recommend you vote NDP, I can say for sure that one way or the other we need to vote the bums out. Even if it means installing Trudeau, the lesser of two evils.