Not many details on the new Tory anti-veiled-woman legislation, which
require[s] all voters — including veiled Muslim women — to reveal their faces before being allowed to cast ballots in federal elections.
but whether it is an honest attempt to "fix" Canada's electoral system or an excuse to hassle Muslims will depend on two things:
1) Does it require people voting by mail to visually confirm their identity? If not, the whole purpose of the legislation is defeated: how will we know that they aren't hiding their faces when they drop their ballot in the post?
2) Will the requirement to unveil be accompanied by the requirement that all voters produce photo ID? If not, then the unveiling will not serve as a means to identify the voter, but merely as a form of ritual humiliation (of Muslim women).
And I don't see how any society is going to secure the patriotism of their minority groups by picking on their womenfolk. It seems counterproductive to me.
Update: the Gov. news release is here. So far it seems to say nothing about mail-in voting and providing photo ID when casting a ballot in person. In other words, the legislation will make people remove their veils even where this at does nothing to help establish their identity.