RCMP admits hijab to official uniform

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As tensions continue to escalate over religious attire, the RCMP has made its stance clear – officially introducing the hijab to its standard uniform policy.

The change – which was privately introduced earlier this year – brings the RCMP’s protocol in line with Toronto Police and Edmonton Police – both of which have already approved hijabs.

"This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option," a spokesman for Canada's Public Safety Minister told the newswire service Agence France-Presse.

Staff Sgt. Julie Gagnon, a spokeswoman for the force, said the RCMP has already developed a specialty hijab for its female members.

“The RCMP-issued hijab has undergone rigorous testing to ensure the design meets the highest standards of officer safety,” she said in a statement.

The move is in stark contrast a number of nations in Europe where officials have begun proposing and implementing measures which restrict the use of religious attire.

In France, a woman was recently fined and forced to remove her “burkini” while on a public beach and Germany recently proposed a burka ban for all schools, universities and public workers.

However, Police Scotland confirmed they had added the burka to their official uniform policy earlier this week and the London Metropolitan Police have included the headscarf for over a decade.

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  • Ink Pusher on 2016-08-25 7:00:13 PM

    I wonder what's next ? . I am guessing they'll swap out the Palomino Horses for Camels ..
    Tradition once again suffers under the hand of the allegedly politically correct.

  • Michelle on 2016-08-26 11:31:57 AM

    This is great news, glad to see the RCMP making positive changes. Welcoming diversity only makes our nation stronger.

  • Ted McNicol on 2016-08-26 1:58:19 PM

    Tradition? Didn't tradition dictate the wife stayed home while the husband went out to earn their daily bread? Wasn't it traditional for armies to line up and shoot each other until one of them had enough and the survivors fled? Tradition is a weak excuse to keep doing things that don't really matter.

    Take pride in people's accomplishments not in their dress. As long as they do their work without allowing their religion to affect the quality or treatment of others, an organization should not dictate their lives.

  • Ink Pusher on 2016-08-27 12:04:56 AM

    Well Ted , if you want to justify using the uniform as a doormat and the flag as toilet paper to promote diversity, go right ahead. Frankly, It makes me wanna puke.

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