New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Thomas Mulcair accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of using Muslims as a “scapegoat” in a speech he gave at the Saudi-funded ISNA mosque in Mississauga.
“[The NDP has] been a leader in promoting unity—a lesson so important to the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him,” Mulcair told the crowd at the event. Mulcair also challenged Harper’s concern with “Islamicism,” another term for Islamism, which was the ideology that animated Islamic terrorism behind the deadly attacks like those in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24 years old, was murdered in Ottawa, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, was murdered in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Both attacks were executed by Muslim terrorists. Mulcair refrained from describing these attacks as “terrorism” in his speech.
Mulcair also chastised Harper for making comments leading to “Islamophobia” when criticizing the Prime Minister’s call to challenge the Federal Court’s decision to overturn prohibitions on face-coverings during citizenship ceremonies. Mulcair also drew a parallel between Harper’s description of the Niqab as being “rooted in an anti-women culture” with Vladimir Putin’s approach to Russia’s “lesbian, gay, and bisexual community.”
He concluded by speaking sympathetically of the need to return Mohamed Fahmy to Canada. Fahmy is an agent of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera propaganda outlet currently imprisoned in Egypt for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
ISNA lost its charitable status in 2013 over suspected ties to Islamic terrorism.
Here is audio of Mulcair’s speech at the ISNA mosque.
H/T Poste de veille