Will Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall face charges for promoting hatred against Islam? The notion is not as far-fetched as you might think. With the unveiling of the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ (NCCM) anti-Islamophobia Charter it's not as far-fetched as you might think.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada officially condemns all forms of Islamophobia. Their adopted resolution calls for the creation of a “Task Force for the Elimination of All Forms of Islamophobia”, the results of which should be used “as the Government of Canada’s strategic vision to eliminate all forms of discrimination and hatred.”
What’s this got to do with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall?
Well, everything actually.
After Justin Trudeau won the election Premier Wall wrote the new PM a letter asking him to reconsider the year-end deadline to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees. In that letter Wall expressed his concern about fast-tracking that many refugees.
I am writing to raise Saskatchewan's concerns about the fast-tracking of refugee claims in order to meet your goal of bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year. I am concerned that the current date-driven plan could severely undermine the refugee screening process.
It’s a valid concern shared by millions of Canadians. It’s not about our unwillingness to help, it’s about ensuring we don’t import terrorists because of a self-imposed and artificial deadline that does not permit time for proper security screening.
However, if even a small number of individuals who wish to do harm to our country are able to enter Canada as a result of a rushed refugee resettlement process, the results could be devastating. The recent attacks in Paris are a grim reminder of the death and destruction even a small number of malevolent individuals can inflict upon a peaceful country and its citizens. Surely, we do not want to be date-driven or numbers-driven in an endeavour that may affect the safety of our citizens and the security of our country.
While Brad Wall’s concern is clearly for the safety and security of Canadian citizens the usual circus freaks who call themselves reporters quickly branded him as an Islamophobe. How dare he question the plans of The Annointed One, aka the Shiny Pony of 24 Sussex Drive?
Quite easily and quite correctly, actually. When the leader of our nation refuses to acknowledge the real and present danger of failing to screen refugees properly someone has to say it out loud.
Premier Wall raised the ire of many, including former immigration minister Lloyd Axworthy, who wasted no time lambasting Premier Wall in such bastions of unbiased news reporting as the CBC.
"I don't know why a premier would feel empowered to make that kind of request when he really doesn't have the information, doesn't really have the know-how … to be able to assess what are the threats and risks in the area of refugees," Axworthy said.
Well, perhaps he was empowered by that thing Axworthy and Trudeau both lack. That little thing called “common sense”.
As Macleans Magazine noted in the wake of the Paris attacks, properly vetting immigrants is a security imperative.
Ahmad al Mohammad—if that’s indeed his real name; no one’s certain just yet—died a suicide bomber, blasting himself to pieces outside France’s national soccer stadium on Friday night. Three days later, the photo ID he left behind at the crime scene has proven almost as damaging as his bomb.
Lying near Mohammad’s mangled body, investigators found a Syrian passport that chronicled a refugee’s journey through Greece, Croatia and eventually to France—proof, it appeared, that the so-called Islamic State had exploited the migrant crisis to smuggle an operative into the West. The terrorist group had long warned of deploying such a tactic, and security experts had every reason to fear such a claim could come true.
It’s not an imperative for the government led by Justin Trudeau, however, for whom Optics Are Everything. The safety and security of Canadians? That falls right off his list of priorities when such an awesome selfie opportunity is looming!
This is the Prime Minister who decreed Muslims convicted of terrorism could not be stripped of their Canadian citizenship.
Remember that Liberal Party Task Force I mentioned earlier? The fruits of that little tree are upon us today in the form of an announcement by the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ (NCCM) anti-Islamophobia Charter, otherwise known by its full title “The Charter for Inclusive Communities”.
Inclusive is an interesting choice of words.
As Tarek Fatah notes in his May 24, 2016 column, Muslim imams in Canada aren’t much interested in being inclusive. Far from it, in fact, but nobody's branding them racist or hate-monger despite the fact that racism and hate are precisely what they promote.
For example, in a sermon on Friday, May 6 delivered at a mosque in Edmonton, an imam invoked the memory of Prophet Muhammad to whip up hatred against Israel.
He declared peace accords with Israel are “useless garbage,” and vowed “Jerusalem will be conquered through blood.”
In February, the same cleric predicted Islam would soon conquer Rome, “the heart of the Christian state.”
The Edmonton mosque diatribe was not isolated.
On May 13, just north of Toronto, an Islamic society hosted a celebration of Iranian mass murderer, Ayatollah Khomeini.
The poster promoting the event described Khomeini as a, “Liberator and Reformer of the Masses.”
On Saturday, the Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, banned in some countries, hosted a conference to discuss the re-establishment of a global Islamic caliphate.
So how long will it be before Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is hauled before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for discriminating against Muslims? Or worse, face criminal charges under Section 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada, Canada’s Hate Crime provisions?
I suppose that depends on when Justin Trudeau is finished with his current selfie spree. I would hope common sense finds its way into the Prime Minister's Office first, however.
Brad Wall has the courage to speak the truth out loud. That courage should be embraced and emboldened, not just in Brad Wall, but in each and every Canadian instead of being shouted down with the label "Islamophobe".
Might there be a reason for Wall's security concerns?
Remind me please, how many non-Muslims flew planes into buildings on September 11th, 2001?
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