Harper’s niqab comments spark #DressCodePM Twitter backlash

WATCH: Jacques Bourbeau has the reaction from federal leaders and the public on Stephen Harper’s comments on the niqab and the Islamic culture.

TORONTO – Prime Minister Stephen Harper came under fire on Twitter following his comments that “almost all Canadians” oppose the wearing of veils during a citizenship ceremony.

Speaking in the House of Commons Tuesday, Harper called the wearing of a niqab a practice “rooted in a culture that is anti-women.”

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau lashed out at Harper, accusing the prime minister and other conservatives of deliberately stoking fear and prejudice against Muslim-Canadians.

“It is nothing less than an attempt to play on people’s fears and foster prejudice, directly toward the Muslim faith,” Trudeau said.

Harper has said he finds it “offensive” for someone to cover their face during the citizenship ceremony.

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WATCH: Justin Trudeau presses PM over his comments on the niqab

Using the hashtag #DressCodePM, Twitter users mocked the prime minister, asking if their choice of clothing was appropriate.

Have a look:

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with a file from Global News and the Canadian Press