Canada PM's anti-Islam talk is a Putin-like tactic: opposition

March 13, 2015 7:02 PM

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Canada PM's anti-Islam talk is a Putin-like tactic: opposition

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian opposition leader on Friday compared Prime Minister Stephen Harper's handling of Islam to Russian President Vladimir Putin's crackdown on gays, ratcheting up political rhetoric over the religion as Harper's ruling Conservatives seek re-election in October.

Harper said this week that the niqab, a face-covering veil worn by some Muslims, was "rooted in an anti-women culture" as he defended the government's desire to ban women from wearing a niqab during the oath of citizenship.

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