In response to a letter by Roy Tinis, Edmonton Sun, September 16, 2015. I am a child of immigrant parents and grandparents. They came over at the time Poland and Ukraine were being persecuted by the USSR and were refugees.
When they arrived they did not try to change Canada and her laws to accommodate them. In fact they embraced and respected Canada and worked to make Canada what she is today. Free and accepting of all people and religion. They practiced their beliefs at home and did not try to change others from doing the same, i.e. they were not offended when the menorah was lit and protested to have it banned the way it has been done here that we cannot say Merry Christmas or have decorated Christmas trees in the stores or parks as it offends the Muslims, although they have no problem celebrating Eid even if it might offend other people.
The fact that women wearing a niqab is part of their religion is pure fiction as stated by Muslin writers and that our court has fallen for it is shameful.
I as a Canadian am not against refugees or immigrants coming to my country, but if my forefathers embraced Canada when they came why do we now have to change our laws to accommodate these people arriving now? They should be respectful and thankful for the freedom they have here and not try to change it to what they ran away from.
If you want to wear your niqab and burka do so at home and do not push it on a country that opened its arms to you and invited you in. To the lady that does not want to reveal her face when taking the citizenship oath, it shows me you are not proud to become a Canadian and are only here for convenience!
B. Kennedy, Leduc