Video: Canada’s elections board catches niqab fee-vah!

posted at 9:55 am on September 11, 2007 by Allahpundit

Note what’s said near the end about how even Muslims think this stupid. That’s the second time in two weeks that some western institution, a government agency in this case and a prominent newspaper in the other, pre-emptively “accommodated” Islamic sensibilities that no one asked them to accommodate. The word “dhimmitude” is overused, but if the shoe fits…

The head of the elections board wonders: if we allow absentee ballots, why not this?


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it is however an improvement over previous elections where all you needed was a voter id card

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on September 11, 2007 at 9:57 AM

just to clarify, the voter id card was mailed to each person, before the election, and contained a name and address, with the assumption that a) it would be delivered to the correct house, and b) you’d bring it to the poll.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on September 11, 2007 at 9:59 AM

Yeah, as a Canadian, it is dumb.

The Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition both came out against this. Worse, the parliament voted against this just before Elections Canada decided on their own to make it happen.

And, as you point out, even Muslims think this is stupid.

That just goes to show you how entrenched radical leftist thought is in Canadian federal bureaucracies, something I’m not proud of.

To call it a disgrace doesn’t begin to cover it. I hope the government uses this as a reason to sweep a broadaxe through Elections Canada and clean house.

Christoph on September 11, 2007 at 10:01 AM

And (b) was never insisted on either. Plus photo ID or any other ID was never checked.

This lead, I’m convinced, the the liberals picking up at least one extra seat they shouldn’t have in Saskatchewan during the last election.

Christoph on September 11, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Good for them. Although her comment ‘should be allowed to vote with an open face’ should be changed to ‘should be required to vote with an open face.’

Canadian Infidel on September 11, 2007 at 10:11 AM

only one? there was 10,000 voter cards that were delivered to a hotel room

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on September 11, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Christoph on September 11, 2007 at 10:01 AM

On one radio program yesterday, I believe someone mentioned that this may have affected a mazimum of about 50 Muslim women throughout Quebec.

Once that axe goes through Elections Canada, I’d like to see it swung though our immigration ministry a few times. Canada evacuated 50,000 Canadians out of Lebanon last year during the war, more than any other country, including the United States.

Canadian Infidel on September 11, 2007 at 10:16 AM

That’s absurd. Laws that allow, what is for all intense and purposes, anonymous voting. The voting officials couldn’t have even been sure that those were women.

High Desert Wanderer on September 11, 2007 at 10:19 AM

What’s the problem with that, Canadian Infidel?

They were Canadian citizens who requested evacuation. I don’t think this is a good example of Canada doing wrong.

Christoph on September 11, 2007 at 10:20 AM

It’s just Canada. Do their elections even matter? I’m surprised Canadians even bother voting.

Thomas the Wraith on September 11, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Yes, I have no problem with Canadians needing evacuation. But 50,000 Canadians were visiting Lebanon? After the evacuation, where the evacuees were less than grateful, people were wondering how many of these were Canadians of convenience; Lebanese people that received Canadian citizenship then left back home with no loyalty towards Canada.

There was supposed to be an examination of dual citizenship after that incident. People that come to Canada, attain citizenship, go back to their own home countries, and then call on Canada for help should they ever need it.

Canadian Infidel on September 11, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Okay, if you mean the policy of allowing dual citizenship while people just happily live abroad (and incidentally, I may one day benefit from this exact policy if my plan to emigrate is successful) should be looked at, I agree.

Christoph on September 11, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Suprisingly, 167% of Canadian voters are Muslim Women!

ronsfi on September 11, 2007 at 10:49 AM

No its more important to show how open minded we are ( The Left) and tolerate, its all about how we look remember. (sarcasm)

“The mind is meant to contemplate and close around the truth”. – Thomas Aquinas

Irenaeus on September 11, 2007 at 10:52 AM

It’s just Canada. Do their elections even matter? I’m surprised Canadians even bother voting.

Ha ha, Thomas. Democracy only matters in the United States. The rest of the world need not apply.

Because the U.S. will be SO powerful as the only democracy in the world.

Christoph on September 11, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Terms and definitions matter: The U.S. is a Republic.

Franklin Hill on September 11, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Looks like the future of Canada in a photo.

Best of luck when the Islamo-iconoclasts start smashing your art museums and burning your musical instruments and books.

And have a good national suicide, eh?

profitsbeard on September 11, 2007 at 11:16 AM

Would it not be discriminatory to disallow anyone else from wearing such garb?

Several times each voting night?

drjohn on September 11, 2007 at 11:17 AM

The head of the elections board is right. Absentee voting is exactly the same. There is no proof whatsoever that the votes cast on the ballot are from the recipient of the ballot. It’s no different then not lifting your veil (or Halloween costume mask, if they really want to be inclusive). It makes this whole argument mute.

Danny B on September 11, 2007 at 11:38 AM

i think they would have made a stronger point if they had gone in wearing halloween masks or brown paper bags over their heads instead. Then they would have been asked more forcefully to remove them and they could then point to the niqab as not being any different. Of course the elections people were going to bend over backwards for niqabs and not make a scene but they wouldn’t have done so for tweety bird masks

Keli on September 11, 2007 at 11:43 AM

This a balloon for the Dems. There will be truckloads of burkas being distributed at inner city locations.

Vote early, vote often, vote Democratic, wear burka.

Hening on September 11, 2007 at 11:45 AM

I like the fact that none of them identified themselves. It sooooo goes to the point.

– The Cat

MirCat on September 11, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Someone posted this in the YouTube Comments.

“Integration now, segregation never.”

That needs to be held up at counter protests. Talk about making heads spin.

– The Cat

MirCat on September 11, 2007 at 12:05 PM

This may not stand. The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition agree that this is unacceptable. The Elections Canada “decision” flies in the face of legislation recently passed and supported by the two main parties. I suspect that, when Prime Minister Harper gets back from Australia there may be some change in this decision.

Blaise on September 11, 2007 at 12:22 PM

My God … just look at what those women are wearing. Is that not insanity? How can you grant any favor to anyone who treats someone like that?

darwin on September 11, 2007 at 12:30 PM

It’s just Canada. Do their elections even matter? I’m surprised Canadians even bother voting.

Thomas the Wraith on September 11, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Yes it matters

Harper vows continued support for Afghanistan By James Grubel
Tue Sep 11, 2:14 AM ET

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, under fire at home for a troop commitment to Afghanistan that has cost 70 lives, said on Tuesday he would not abandon the country.

“This cause is global and necessary,” Harper said in a speech to Australia’s parliament on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

“Because as 9-11 showed, if we abandon our fellow human beings to lives of poverty, brutality and ignorance, in today’s global village, their misery will eventually and inevitably become our own,” said Harper.

William Amos on September 11, 2007 at 12:53 PM

This way, you can vote early, often and visit as many polling areas possible.

Change the mantra from Vote or Die to Stack the Vote

Kini on September 11, 2007 at 1:25 PM

This will not stand. Elections Canada is stacked with Liberal cronies and they stepped too far over the line this time.

People here (Quebec) are talking about protesting by going to vote in ski masks. I may consider doing so myself if this moronic ruling is not reversed.

And the problem with the Lebanese Canadian evacuees mentioned above, is that our lax immigration laws and citizenship requirements have as usual been abused. A large percentage (I forget the exact number) of those evacuees have gone back to Lebanon. Nice, eh? Get a free ride out of Dodge on Canadian taxpayers’ tab (which they are not) and they go back to the likely future site of another war. How many will we have to evacuate next time?

Clouds on September 11, 2007 at 3:42 PM

This is insane,right out of the liberal playbook,
lets go vote,don’t need id,h!ll you just need someone
to say(trust me,no need to verify)yup thats who he or she is.

Better,and best yet,lets cover our faces,and see how many
polling stations we can get to—to increase our side by
fraudulent voting by hitting multiple voting booths.

Oh and while were in disguise,why don’t we flatten the
other sides vans tires,to prevent the other side from
voting.

No picture ID,you can’t vote,anything covering your face,
you can’t vote.

Again,this is insane!

canopfor on September 11, 2007 at 10:47 PM

The argument about absentee ballots just doesn’t fly. I always vote absentee. If someone stole my ballot from my mailbox or the postal union cast it, I would be under the impression it had not been sent or had been lost. So, I would contact the rigistrar of voters to get my ballot. And if the theif cast my ballot and I also voted there would be some indication of an irregularity. But if Hakim always dressed up his 17 year old son in a burqa and gave him the wife’s ID card, who would ever know?

snaggletoothie on January 14, 2008 at 11:08 AM