Bloc Québécois MP Louis Plamondon and Conservative Senator Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu have spoken out against a Transport Canada directive to allow kirpans, ceremonial daggers carried by members of the Sikh community, aboard aircraft.
Boisvenu claimed on his Facebook page that the conservatives would never authorize the wearing of a dagger while flying.
The Transport Canada directive will come into effect on November 27. It will be applicable to domestic and certain international flights. It will also allow small knife blades, six centimetres or less, and small scissors. Razor blades without cases and retractable knives will continue to be prohibited. All items will be banned above flights to the United States.
The Bloc Québécois, as a party, denounced this measure during question time. They accused the government of putting religion before security.
Liberal and NDP MPs disagreed with the Bloc and Tories.
The kirpan is one of five religious items that Sikhs must carry on them at all times.