I am not a supporter of the Muslim veil (Niqab or Burka, among other names), as I think it is more cultural than religious. But I certainly do not mind someone wearing it for whatever reasons she may think.
Elections Canada said that veiled women will not have to uncover their faces to have their identity verified for the upcoming elections.
Veiled women will not have to show their faces at polling stations in upcoming elections, but they may be asked for sworn statements in some situations to verify their identities
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper says that he profoundly disagrees with Elections Canada's stance.
I am not sure why Elections Canada preempted this issue, or whether they consulted the Muslim women in question.
solution to all this is really simple: the Muslim woman can uncover her face to a female elections official who verifies her identity before she votes. This way the veiled woman stays within what she sees as a religious mandate, while identity verification happens for them as with anyone else.
Again, why is this an issue at all?