I assume that this is your desire, Jake, because you think it will be better for American business interests.
Harper was doing poorly in the polls (third place for a while) when the headline emphasis was upon the meager jobs growth in Canada under his watch, the fact that Canada was in recession for the first six months this year, Senate scandals, as well as his cold response to accepting Syrian refugees into the country. Harper needed a hot button issue to stir up fears and passions and take the public's mind off his political record.
Since then he and the Conservatives have exploited the Islamophobia in sections of Canada (particularly Quebec) by insisting upon a ban of the covered facial veil that some Muslim women have worn at citizenship ceremonies. He is also speculating about passing a new law forbidding any Muslim civil servants from wearing a veil when dealing with the public. (I heard that approximately one percent of civil servants are Muslim women), He is shamelessly stoking fears of the "unknown" that goes with foreigners and Muslims, in particular, among some Canadians.
His main two party opponents' attitudes have been that a woman has the right to wear a veil across her face for religious or cultural reasons, no matter what the rest of us may think about it. We, as Canadian citizens, should have no right to dictate to another Canadian citizen (or soon-to-be citizen) about a facial veil, particularly when that veil is doing no one any harm.
Thomas Mulcair of the NDP has taken a huge hit at the polls because of his honourable stand because most of his political support is in Quebec. Justin Trudeau, of the Liberals, said that no election win is worth it if it involves pitting Canadians against Canadians.
Harper's blatantly political games playing at the expense of Muslims is making it increasingly more uncomfortable for Muslims in our country. One Muslim woman (born and raised in Canada) who wears a veil reports in the Toronto Star that she has been getting looks and comments from people in the public including "go back home" that she didn't get before Harper started to talk about the niqab (the veil) in his campaign. Other Muslim women wearing veils also spoke of their increasing discomfort since Harper started his anti-niqab rhetoric.
An editorial in The Toronto Star (never a fan of Harper, admittedly) today has an editorial entitled "Can Harper Stoop Lower?"
Stephen Harper, in my opinion, does not have the moral authority to continue to be Prime Minister of Canada