ANALYSIS: Charter of Rights and the niqab collide in views on ‘Canadian values’

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Statistics Canada said last week that more than 90 per cent of us, when asked, identified the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as an “important symbol of Canadian identity.”

Hockey is down in fifth place on Statistics Canada’s list of national symbols — although still chosen by 77 per cent of respondents.

The high value Canadians continue to place on the charter is interesting, especially when you consider how charter rights have become a surprising, and apparently game-changing, issue in this election campaign.

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