Canada's new rules forbidding women from wearing Muslim veils while being sworn in as citizens is such an obvious amendment that not even the opposition parties can muster their disapproval.

Certainly not the far-left NDP. There are few special interest groups that the NDP wouldn't favour over our own Canadian culture. But today's NDP is first and foremost a populist party of Quebec. And that is the province most frustrated with the ever-expanding definition of "reasonable accommodation."

It is not reasonable accommodation to obliterate the personal identity of a woman and to blur the separation of mosque and state. Our liberal democracy permits people to dress as they please, but let that be in their private lives. An oath of loyalty to our country and our Queen is not a private act that may be done behind a mask. It is a public promise, a vow that must be made for all to see — including the citizenship judge himself.

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