Prime Minister Stephen Harper might regret his suggestion that the practice of covering one's face with a niqab is "rooted in a culture that is anti-women."

Chris Adams, a political scientist and professor at the University of Manitoba, said Harper should be concerned about the political fallout of his comments.

"I think it's a very problematic area to be wading into. It's an issue Canadians get divided on," he said. "I think Canadians generally are very empathetic people for people of different cultures, and I think the PM's office will regret having waded into this issue in this way."

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