In September, the Canadian parliament began its study on how to combat “Islamophobia” as decided upon in the M-103 motion. A parliamentary committee, the M-103 committee, was established for that very purpose. Although motion M-103 was not binding, Samer Majzoub, a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate of the Canadian Muslim Forum, tellingly advertised:
“Now that Islamophobia has been condemned, this is not the end, but rather the beginning… so that condemnation is followed by comprehensive policies.”
Majzoub’s statement presumably meant that the next steps would be to make M-103 binding.
Part of the problem, however, with any study of “Islamophobia”, as with any motions about it, is that it is never clearly defined.
e’re sorry India — please don’t think all Canadians are like Justin Trudeau and his family and friends. We’re not.
For example, thousands of Canadians visit the beautiful Taj Mahal every year — and none of us demand that 35,000 pilgrims be forced to wait outside, in the heat, for sixty minutes while we take our photos there, just to have a better picture, like Trudeau and his family did.
We’re sorry India — please don’t think that’s how most Canadians are. We actually try to be polite.
We’re interested in Indian culture and food and music and people — we have many great Indians in Canada, as I’m sure you know. Not all Canadians put on bindis and wear Indian clothing when we go to an Indian restaurant, and say “namaste” all the time. When most Canadians meet Indian people, we can stay calm. We don’t have to pretend we’re at a costume party, or that Indians are a curiosity in a museum.
Growing concern in Canada over liberal policies benefitting Muslim extremists sheds light on why an “anti-Islamophobia” bill — proposed in the wake of the deadly January 17 Quebec City mosque attack and approved by parliament on March 23 — spurred such heated controversy there.
Motion 103, tabled by Liberal Party MP Iqra Khalid, a Muslim representing Mississauga-Erin Mills, calls on the Canadian government to “develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia.” Because the bill makes no mention of any other religious group targeted by bigots, it was opposed by most Conservative Party politicians and a majority of the public.
Ahead of what would turn out to be a 201-91 vote in favor of the motion, a petition was circulated asking MPs not to support it. According to the petition, Motion 103 would “lay the groundwork for imposing what is essentially a Sharia anti-blasphemy law on all of Canada.”
The petition further stated: