NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau went on the offensive over the issue of the niqab in the second French-language debate Friday night, turning the issue around to attack Conservative Leader Stephen Harper concerning his own policies regarding women's rights.
Mulcair and Trudeau oppose the Conservative government's ban on the wearing of the face veil while taking the Canadian citizenship oath. The right to wear the niqab was a hot topic in the previous French-language debate and has continued to be a campaign issue. Polls suggest a vast majority of Canadians support the Tories on this issue, but the strongest support is in Quebec.
Mulcair admitted that the face veil makes him "uncomfortable" and said that "no one here is pro-niqab."