Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis says the province needs to be respectful of everyone's beliefs, and that includes women who choose to wear a niqab.

The niqab has become a divisive federal election issue in recent weeks, with the Conservative government vowing to fight a Federal Court of Appeal ruling saying women shouldn't have to remove their niqabs during citizenship ceremonies.

In an interview with CBC's Rosemary Barton Tuesday, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said his government would consider banning public servants from wearing the niqab.

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