A Conservative backbencher was forced to back away from comments that women who refuse to remove their niqab while swearing their citizenship oath should "stay the hell where they came from."

Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound MP Larry Miller issued a retraction Tuesday after his comments to a local call-in radio show sparked a firestorm online.

"If you're not willing to show your face in the ceremony that you're joining the best country in the world, then frankly . . . if you don't like that or don't want to do that, then stay the hell where you came from," Miller told CFOS radio on Monday.

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