Conservatives vow to establish 'barbaric cultural practices' tip line - 2015-10-02
The Conservative campaign, continuing its shift toward a focus on religion and identity, promised to establish an RCMP tip line for reports of "barbaric cultural practices," fuelling accusations of fear mongering from opposition politicians and prominent Muslims.
The pledge on Friday, intended to help enforce a law passed earlier this year, comes as the Conservatives have doubled down on banning the niqab in citizenship ceremonies and vowed to strip convicted terrorists of their citizenship.
The renewed emphasis on "Canadian values" marks a shift for a party and a Prime Minster who spent the early part of the campaign touting their record as economic managers. The move has also coincided with a rise in Conservative poll numbers: The niqab issue in particular has been credited with buoying the Tories and eroding NDP support.