I came across an article in the Calgary Herald which reports that a fellow named Todd Beasley who was one of three candidates vying for the Brooks-Medicine Hat nomination to stand for election as a United Conservative Party candidate has “announced he would be withdrawing his name after being asked by the party to do so … [and] … “While I do not agree with this request, I respect the Party’s right to approve or reject their potential candidates. My name will not appear on the upcoming ballot,” Beasley wrote.“
It appears that Mr Beasley made comments that the UCP leadership found “concerning.” Specifically: “The comments were made on Facebook in May 2017 under someone else’s post, which contained a link to an article about the Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester … [and] … Beasley’s first of two comments referred to Islam as “those who think a rational God would anoint a dark age pedophile warlord as his prophet.” He also called Muslims “fools who are really worshipping Satan” … [and, further] … A second comment stated Islam “is not a religion of peace,” but rather is “cruel, revolting, racist, oppressive and has no legitimate basis.” The comment goes on to call the prophet Muhammed a “6th century rapist, pedophile” and a “murdering bigamist, sadistic Warlord posing as a holy man.”“
I have no problem with what the UCP has done. Mr Beasley’s comments may be ‘fair‘ as far as anyone’s right to free speech is concerned, but I am sure that they are totally at odds with the platform that Jason Kenney wants to take to Albertans. So, in fact, good for the UCP for being careful to vet their prospective candidates thoroughly.
Why, one wonders, didn’t the Liberal Party of Canada do the same regarding e.g. Maryam Monsef’s status in Canada? Someone, her Mother perhaps, made a false statement on her applications for refugee status and Canadian citizenship, and, as the CBC News article says, “Monsef’s mysterious origin story raised eyebrows when it first emerged, in part because at the time, the Liberal government was still aggressively enforcing a Conservative law that could strip naturalized Canadian citizens of their status without a hearing, despite having campaigned against it … [and] … Immigration lawyers have pointed out that if her place of birth was also misrepresented on her refugee claim, and subsequently on her applications for permanent residency and citizenship, it could be grounds for revocation of citizenship — even if it was the result of an innocent mistake or the fault of her mother.” Not only was she not screened out as a candidate but she’s still in the cabinet despite the fact that she might not even be a legal Canadian.
And why, one wonders again, is it OK for e.g. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to say that Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister responsible for women’s issues and minister of children, community and social services, comments on the border situation ““is irresponsible, it’s divisive, it’s fearmongering and it’s not Canadian, and it’s very dangerous.”” That is, at the very least, inflammatory language ~ especially when directed at another minister of the crown. Why is he still in cabinet? I cannot imagine that Louise St Laurent or Lester Pearson or even Jean Chrétien would have tolerated such rude, crude, even hateful comments from one of their ministers.
I think the Alberta United Conservative Party acted properly. They vetted their prospective candidates carefully. But I think that both Ms Monsef and Mr Hussen speak to a too low standard of candidate vetting and a too high tolerance for poor performance of MPs by the Trudeau regime in Ottawa. I think the UCP went far enough; the Liberal party of Canada needs to go a lot farther if they want to have the confidence of honest Canadians.