Conservatives in Canada Want to Set Up a Snitch Line for 'Barbaric Cultural Practices' - 2015-10-02
Alexander's latest announcement comes as the government's controversial citizenship law and niqab ban during citizenship ceremonies have become hot wedge issues with recent polls showing the Conservatives are pulling ahead, possibly because of them. Quebec, in particular, has become a battleground for these issues, as incidents of Islamophobia have flared up over the last week.
On Friday, Canada's Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the hotline and other funding promises he says will help law enforcement carry out the government's recent legislation that criminalizes forced marriage and polygamy. Alexander's Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act came into effect this summer and was slammed by women's rights activists and lawyers for being racist and making it more difficult for victims to report violence.
As a federal election campaign dominated by talk of terror threats and what Muslim women wear around their faces enters the home stretch, the Conservative government is ramping up its focus on how it will stamp out anything that threatens Canadian identity. This now includes setting up a new hotline for people to report any "incidents of barbaric cultural practices" to the federal police.