Shortly after an historic meeting with Muslim leaders at 24 Sussex, Canada's defence minister took the unusual step of referencing Shariah law to defend the government's position on the niqab.

Jason Kenney, who joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper at an iftar dinner Monday evening where Muslim guests broke the Ramadan fast, made the remark on Twitter amid a debate about the face-covering veil.

Earlier in the day, Kenney tweeted a press release lauding the diversity of faith leaders on a new government advisory committee on religious freedom.

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