The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has called on Ontario Premier Doug Ford to ban the use of Islamic face coverings in public places.
Ensaf Haidar, who along with her three children became a Canadian citizen on Canada Day, took to Twitter to urge Ford to follow Quebec's lead and outlaw the burqa and niqab from government settings, schools, banks, hospitals and public transportation.
Quebec's Bill 62, which came into law in October, doesn't specifically mention burqas or niqabs, but forbids people from covering their faces while providing and receiving public services.
Haidar and her children fled Saudi Arabia and took refuge in Sherbrooke, Que. in 2015, three years after Badawi was arrested and charged with "insulting Islam through electronic channels."