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The famous wide-brimmed hat the RCMP are wearing has not been changed in nearly two centuries, this is not the first time the liberal government has changed something Canadians have had for a long time like the national anthem.
Hoping to boost recruiting of Muslim women, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is allowing its officers to wear hijabs as part of their uniforms, the government said Tuesday.
“The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently approved this addition to the uniform,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s spokesman Scott Bardsley told AFP.
“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,” he said.
Three types of hijabs were tested before one was selected as suitable for police work, according to correspondence between Goodale and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson published in a local newspaper.
The garment did not encumber officers and could be removed quickly and easily if needed, the Montreal daily La Presse reported an internal memo as saying.
No officers had yet asked to wear hijabs as of earlier this year, when the policy was quietly enacted.
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