Stephen Harper's controversial remarks against the niqab are drawing fire on social media.
Twitter users have blasted the prime minister after he stated in the House of Commons Tuesday that the face-covering veil worn by some Muslims comes from a culture that is "anti-women."
The federal government is appealing a court ruling that struck down a ban on the wearing of the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. Harper has said most Canadians find it "offensive" that someone would "hide their identity" while committing to join the Canadian family.
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander also faced criticism last month after he suggested that hijabs — traditional Muslim headscarves that do not cover the face — should also be banned during citizenship ceremonies.
Liberals and New Democrats have been sharply critical of the government's position and have accused Tories of stoking Islamophobia.
On Wednesday, using the hashtag #DressCodePM, Twitter users mocked Harper's comments about how Canadians should dress.
In a blog post, Shireen Ahmed urged Canadians to tweet, writing "all women are part of, and will always be welcome in the ‘Canadian family’ in any outfit she chooses."
.@pmharper My outfit OK? Am I still part of the 'Canadian family'?March 11, 2015
Babies got in on the hashtag
So did midwives
And women having a bad hair day
Others asked the prime minister for fashion advice
And questioned the PM's fashion sense
What do white tights say about the 'Canadian family?'
Some wanted more information on the PM's policy
Need clarification. Does PM Harper need to approve my wife's clothing or can any man do it? #dresscodePM— Rob Nickerson (@TheRobNickerson) March 11, 2015
Women wearing headscarves told Harper what they thought too
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