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Canada's Conservative government brings up cultural issues ahead of last election debate

Conservative leader Stephen Harper, right, and his wife Laureen Harper arrive for the final leaders debate in Montreal on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Conservative leader Stephen Harper, right, and his wife Laureen Harper arrive for the final leaders debate in Montreal on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Canada's Conservative government says it will create a phone line for Canadians to report Muslim neighbors who are using "barbaric cultural practices."

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the police tip line Friday during the election campaign and also mentioned a proposed ban on women wearing Muslim face veils at citizenship ceremonies. The proposed anti-niqab law is popular in the French-speaking province of Quebec. It has led to an increase in Conservative support.

The party says polygamy, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation take place in Canada. It says there are over 200 potential cases of forced marriage in Ontario between 2010 and 2012.

Nelson Wiseman, a University of Toronto political science professor, called it fearful, but effective election tactic that works in other countries too.