On Friday, voters showed up at some advance polls wearing face coverings and potato sacks over their head to protest Muslim women who wear headscarves and niqabs.
“By conjuring up a phantom menace to the country and implying that some immigrants and religious minorities are enemies, the Conservatives hope to pit Canadians against one another," the letter, signed by more than 600 professors, states.
In an interview with CBC on Tuesday evening, Stephen Harper said his re-elected government would consider forbidding the the religious face-covering in government departments.
The federal government is doing everything it can to keep its policy that forbids new Canadians from covering their faces while taking their citizenship oath.
The appeal judges dismissed the government's case almost instantly, saying they wanted to ensure that the woman who launched the lawsuit could take her oath in time to vote in the federal election next month.
Lawyers for the Canadian government will be in court tomorrow fighting to uphold a policy that requires new Canadians remove their face-covering veils while taking their oath of citizenship.
The head covering is worn by a tiny minority of Canadian women, but it could become an issue in this fall's federal election
Courts and policy-makers are drawing up unneeded rules to make life hard for women wearing the niqab.