Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen would not commit Thursday to ensuring that female genital mutilation is described as a crime in Canada's revised citizenship guide.

In an uncomfortable exchange with Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel at a Commons immigration committee meeting this morning, Rempel pressed Hussen to say whether the government will list the practice as a crime in the citizenship guide.

Rempel has been advocating that FGM be described as a crime in the guide since the summer, when the Canadian Press reported that a draft version of the guide had dropped the line stating "barbaric cultural practices," such as FGM and honour killings, are illegal in Canada.

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