Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander accused the Liberal Party of "decades of racism" after Liberal MP John McCallum said Alexander "equates terrorism with niqabs."

The heated question period exchange began when McCallum asked Alexander to apologize to Muslim Canadians for his comments about women who wear niqabs.

"It's the most predictable thing in Canadian politics. Someone says 'Muslim' and a Conservative minister says, 'terrorist,'" McCallum said, adding that Alexander "assumed all Muslim women who wear the veil are terrorist unless proven otherwise."

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