Is the Conservative campaign against the niqab bringing out the worst in Canadians? If you disagree with the idea of a woman keeping her face covered in public, do you have a right to loudly share your opinion with everyone else?
A 60-year-old man thought so. It was in the Roots Canada store at the Eaton Centre that the man allegedly targeted one Farah Mawani, a Muslim woman who does not wear a niqab.
She overheard the man ranting about Muslims to one of the store’s salespeople.
She claims she said “‘I’m Muslim, just so you know, and you’re talking stereotypes, none of the things you’re saying are true about me.'”
The man responded by covering his face with his hand, suggesting a niqab, and then fired off an imaginary machine gun.
Mawani, who shared her ordeal on her Twitter account, left the store.
“It struck me as hateful, and extremely directly related to the rhetoric coming from our country’s government,” Mawani said.
She says Roots Canada didn’t do enough to make her feel safe, and should have done more to make the store a safe place for her.
In a statement to Global News, Roots Canada said the company works to make their stores a safe, tolerant and welcoming environment for all, and condemns “any type of racial abuse.”
Mawani, a policy researcher and the founder of a program that promotes inclusion, says she feels there’s been uptick in anti-Islam sentiment since the niqab became an election buzzword.
John Oakley is calling B.S. on Mawani’s story, believing that it sounds too much like a calculated move to create news that paints Stephen Harper in a negative light leading into final days of the federal election. What do you think? Is Mawani unfairly blaming Harper for wait allegedly happened to her the other day?
Read more about Mawani’s experience HERE courtesy of Global News.