Female genital mutilation is a brutal custom rooted in patriarchy.

Yet some in the Liberal government have shied away from calling it what it is, and missed a great opportunity not simply to condemn the practice but also to educate potential Canadians about the frightful effects it has on girls and women.

As Canada's citizenship guide is being reviewed, citizenship minister Ahmed Hussen has done nothing but equivocate on whether he will include a statement condemning the practice as barbaric.

During a House of Commons Committee meeting last Thursday, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel asked the minister why such a statement was removed from a leaked draft of the guide. Hussen simply stated there was no such document.

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