To wrap up his presentation, Frederick Tamagi posts several important questions:

  • In the case of important Canadian words like tolerance and freedom, should we also search for important context before we adopt any symbols that will represent the meaning of those words?
  • Even as we freely welcome new citizens into the Canadian family, does that mean that we are also obligated to welcome all the symbols that accompany them, even if they reflect a context that we would oppose?
  • If we agree that our Charter rightfully protects Zunera’s freedom to choose whether or not to wear the niqab, does that also mean that we should not, or even cannot question the choice itself?
  • How can we practice tolerance and freedom here without glorifying the opposite elsewhere?