Al Jazeera ‘Voice of Qatar’: Islamophobia sells in Canada

unnamed-4Canadians will vote in the country’s 42nd general election on Oct. 19. In the lead-up to the vote, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made several calculated decisions to capitalize on popular Islamophobic sentiments to secure another victory for the Conservative Party.

Harper has latched onto international events to marginalize Muslims for voters. For example, on Jan. 8, Harper responded to the attacks in Paris on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, by claiming that an “international jihadist movement has declared war.” He then pledged to propose a new anti-terrorism legislation once the parliament resumes regular session in late January.

His bill, the Anti-Terrorism Act 2015 or Bill C-51, will transform Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), from an information gathering service to one that proactively attempts to thwart terrorist plots in Canada and abroad. The act will also lower the threshold for monitoring suspected national security threats, including adding a vaguely defined category called terrorist “sympathizers”…

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  • It’s time to put the “victim” card back in the deck.

    Even if Harper resembled Trudeau in his stances, Islamists would STILL have a problem.

    • Justin St.Denis

      As if anyone cares what Islamists think. It is what Islamists believe that is at the heart of the problem.

      • I see but I put to you that people DO worry what Islamists think, if only in a politically correct sort of way.

  • winniec

    In Canada, one out of six Muslims supports violent jihad. The number of jihad supporters in Canada right now is about 160,000. There were threats made this week to blow up and shoot up large shopping centres in Canada.
    Do you feel safe when you realize one out six Muslims approves of killing you?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Always carry some form of protection. And know how to defend yourself.

    • J. C.

      Actually, it’s only 1 in 6 who’ll admit to wanting to kill you… I’m sure that number would be much higher if they were all honest about it.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    The al-Jazeera reporter forgot to mention the judge in Québec who wouldn’t hear the testimony of the woman in a hijab?

    What a mistake on his part.
    Obviously he knows that story; he does work at al-Jazeera.

  • Brett_McS

    Islamophobes Unite!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Hey there! Didn’t we have a beer together at the Islamophobia International Conference in Boise, Idaho last year? What a blast we had. Those mohammad piñatas were HILARIOUS!

  • eMan14

    If it takes islamophobia to wake this country up, so be it. It will only follow the countless examples of the truth we are faced with each and every day.

  • simus1

    Not much change in the slant from previous incarnation as Al Gorrhea ?

    • Justin St.Denis

      “…the slant…”? Ahem. Isn’t that “racisssssssss” these days? 😉