I did not comment on the murderous, (insane?) terrorist attack in New Zealand; everyone, it seemed to me, had said what needed to be said at least as well as I could. But, two items in the Globe and Mail caught my attention:
- A couple of day ago Michelle Zilio, the Globe‘s Parliamentary Affairs reporter wrote that “The leaders of Canada’s largest labour organization and a prominent national Muslim group say Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is emboldening far-right extremists by failing to call out Islamophobia following the New Zealand mosque shootings and attending events with people who promote hate speech … [and] … Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) president Hassan Yussuff criticized Mr. Scheer’s response to the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch last week that left 50 people dead and dozens more injured. Mr. Scheer issued a lengthy statement about the terrorism attacks Friday after his initial Twitter message on the shootings were criticized for failing to mention that the victims were Muslims;” and
- A day or so earlier, Konrad Yakabuski opined that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once denounced his rivals for seeking to instrumentalize acts of terror for political gain. He promised he would never stoop so low … [then] … On Monday, however, Mr. Trudeau chose to instrumentalize the killing of 50 Muslim worshippers at two New Zealand mosques and call out Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for his failure to repudiate anti-Muslim sentiment among his own supporters.“
Now, as Sun journalist Lorrie Goldstein noted, in a series of tweets:
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Which he says is pretty similar to what Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted:
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Which is not all that difficult from what Governor General Julie Payette said:
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Which is pretty similar to what Our Most Gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, said:
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Mr Goldstein also notes that the Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff and Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims didn’t fault Ralph Goodale or the GG or the Queen for not specifically mentioning Muslims in their initial statements, and I agree with him that we all know why: they, organized labour and many Canadian Muslim groups, are (politically) Liberal fellow travellers and stooges. This is not about Andrew Scheer’s statement it is about the fact that Andrew Scheer looks more and more likely to replace the inept, fake feminist, Justin Trudeau as prime minister of Canada, and he is less likely to be in lock step with Muslim (and Sikh) extremist groups as is Justin Trudeau.
We must also remember that, as Mr Yakabuski said, “On Monday, however, Mr. Trudeau chose to instrumentalize the killing of 50 Muslim worshippers at two New Zealand mosques and call out Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for his failure to repudiate anti-Muslim sentiment among his own supporters … [saying] … “We have to chase out this hatred from our parties, fight it online, denounce it at town halls, push back when it reaches our front door … [and] … Politicians often say that it’s not a time to talk politics, but that instead we should grieve and support the affected communities. … [but] … This is exactly the time to talk politics” … [and, Mr Yakabuski added] … Mr. Trudeau did not mention Mr. Scheer by name. He did not need to. His remarks in the House of Commons were greeted enthusiastically by Liberals and sought to put the Conservative Leader between a rock and Maxime Bernier, who has made his People’s Party a safe space for those who seek to vent their anti-immigration views.“
I actually think that Andrew Scheer was wrong to issue a second statement that specifically noted that the victims were Muslim; Justin Trudeau was correct, in 2013, when he suggested that a simplistic “them” vs “us” approach was the wrong way to look at the Boston Marathon bombing. He suggested that innocents were murdered by an insane person who was, somehow, deep in the dark corners of a troubled mind, able to conflate odd bits of information and misinformation and weave a narrative that would justify mass murder. The tragedies of Oklahoma City, of the Besian school siege (Russia in 2004) Boston and of Christchurch are all linked by one, simple notion: innocent people are killed, for no good reason, by someone who does not or cannot think beyond one, deeply flawed, notion. Buddhists are not evil; Christians are not murderous; Muslims are not terrorists and Sikhs are not all mass bombers ~ but there are a few in each group who stain the reputation of the overwhelming majority.
I am sure that Hassan Yussuff and Ihsaan Gardee have both experienced prejudice here in Canada because of their ethnicity; it happens to my ethnic Chinese wife, too, now and again … it happened to me, too, now and again, in Africa and in Asia and in the Middle East. But Messers Yussuff and Gardee are not interested in combatting prejudice, however real it may be, they are, simply, shilling for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals who, in their turn, are politicizing terror because they are afraid that their own inept governance and political malfeasance will cost them the next election.