A Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn't contain the word "Islamophobia," former justice minister Irwin Cotler argued Thursday as the Liberals and Conservatives butted heads over competing propositions.
But the Liberals stood firm in their support of the controversial motion, arguing publicly that removing that one word would water down the measure and diminish the fight against hatred and discrimination.
The motion, known as M-103, was debated Wednesday in the House of Commons amid controversy about fears expressed by a number of Conservative MPs, who say it could stifle legitimate debate about issues like sharia law and the niqab.
An interfaith group is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to defeat a private member's motion that condemns Islamophobia and calls on Parliament to develop a strategy to eliminate it.
David Nitkin and Tariq Khan, co-chairs of Muslim Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, wrote letters to Trudeau Feb. 7 saying motion M-103, which has not passed Parliament, and Petition E-411, which has, "are antithetical to the Canadian values we cherish."
"Like all religious groups, Muslims are already protected under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and criminal law. They do not need a separate law which is supported by groups that have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and in essence are trying to put in place a form of sharia blasphemy law," they state.
Canada's leading pro-life political lobby group is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal government to stop exporting their pro-abortion "values" abroad.
Campaign Life Coalition is urging Trudeau to follow President Trump's lead and join his American neighbours in putting an end to abortion funding in the developing world.
"Our prime minister needs to realize that Canadians are deeply divided on abortion but quite united on taxpayer-funded abortion: They oppose it in great numbers. They would oppose spending their hard earned money on it elsewhere too if asked," said CLC government relations officer Johanne Brownrigg.
Canada's federal public servants have three chances to pass a mandatory feminist "gender equality" course or face unspecified consequences.
LifeSiteNews has learned of a number of federal employees who fear that if they refuse to take the test, or outright fail it by not selecting the feminist-approved answers, they might be overlooked for promotion. Some fear they might even lose their jobs.
The gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) course was developed under Jean Chretien's Liberal government in 1995. Its purpose was to "advance gender equality in Canada" by helping government employees craft and implement "gender equality" policies, programs, and legislation.
On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits federal funding from going towards foreign nonprofit organizations that promote or commit abortions. The action comes just one day after the 44th anniversary of the devastating Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion-on-demand in America.
The policy, which was implemented by President Ronald Reagan, will effectively defund International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International. Trump, who has made promises to defund Planned Parenthood and make permanent the Hyde Amendment, took an important step to halt America's hand in bankrolling abortion overseas.
A bill to criminalize spanking will return to the floor of the Canadian Senate in late February.
If S-206 passes, it will go to the House of Commons, where the Liberal majority has pledged its support.
The bill's original sponsor, Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette, believes that spanking harms children's psyches.
But those who believe disciplining children with spanking should be an option for parents are worried that their actions could lead to criminal charges against parents and child seizures by the government.
Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack calls the Pride Toronto ban on police officer participation in future parades a "slap in the face" to all officers who've worked "diligently" to improve relationships with the gay community.
"My members are extremely disappointed," he said Wednesday. "Pride organizers have played right into Black Lives Matters' hands... their whole meeting got hijacked just like the initial (July 3) parade."
McCormack was reacting to a move by a group of self-described "white butch dykes" - led by Kami Chisholm and Gwen Bartleman - at Pride's annual general meeting Tuesday to bully Pride into adding BLM's eight demands to the agenda.
The Prime Minister of Canada will be holding a vote on February 16, 2017, Motion M103, that if passed, will enact Islamic Blasphemy Laws in Canada creating a defacto Sharia compliant state on the Northern border of the United States.
In order to push this vote forward, Trudeau has diabolically employed psychological warfare tactics created by the Muslim Brotherhood, and has smeared the entire Canadian population with the lie that they are Islamophobic.
A raucous and aggressive group of gays and lesbians voted at the Pride AGM Tuesday night to capitulate to Black Lives Matter (BLM) Toronto and ban police from marching or participating in future parades.
But asked after the vote whether Pride Toronto still welcomes the free police security offered to the yearly parade and other events, board co-chair Alica Hall told me "of course."
(In 2016, Toronto taxpayers subsidized Pride with $512,000 worth of free police security. That figure does not include the cost of pay-duty police, which is subject to privacy laws.)
A pro-life activist argued in an Ontario court this week that the provincial government violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it quietly changed the law in 2010 to prohibit access to abortion statistics.
"The government is just worried that if people knew how many abortions are being done, they wouldn't like it," said Patricia Maloney, who, along with the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA), launched the action against the government.
Maloney and her ally were in Ottawa's Superior Court on Wednesday, arguing against a change to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) that the government had slipped into an omnibus bill, unnoticed and unopposed, in 2010. The "Broader Public Sector Accountability Act," or Bill 122, largely expanded FIPPA's reach to healthcare institutions. At the same time, however, it also added a provision that excluded any and all information "related to the provision of abortion services" from FIPPA's reach.
The Ontario Crown wants pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner to spend 18 months in jail for her attempts to save women and unborn children from the violence of abortion.
Wagner, who has spent a total of 4 1/2 years in jail for her pro-life witness, was arrested December 12 at the Bloor West Village Women's Clinic after entering the waiting room to distribute roses and to try and persuade women not to abort their children.
"She is a recidivist offender," Crown lawyer Tania Monteiro told Justice Ramez Khawly during a judicial pre-trial at Old City Hall Court on Friday.
Trudeau made headlines a year ago when announcing the Canadian government planned to use funds from the country's defense department to build taxpayer-supported mosques for Muslim refugees.
Canada, meanwhile, is home to a Christian law school at Trinity University that has fought legal efforts to deny it accreditation, and McVety himself once fought a left-wing effort to boot him off the airwaves for his biblical views about sexuality.
Canada's left-wing prime minister also pledged that Canada would accept any refugees who are denied entry into the United States.
Despite the foundations and long tradition of Christianity in Canada, any accommodation of it - even at Christmas time - is largely rejected in the public school system, which supposedly adheres to secularism. But there is a single exception to the rule, as one religion seems to stand supreme:
Muslim students in the province of Ontario are entitled to hold weekly prayer meetings, held on Friday. These "Jumm'ah" prayer and sermon sessions have been the focus of intense criticism as the provincial public school system is not supposed to be promoting any religion or hosting any religious instruction.
The Peel school board in Mississauga (near Toronto) is not only allowing Islamic sermons, but it is also refusing to monitor the contents of those sermons. This is despite the very real risk of the jihad doctrine being spread. The Toronto Star reported that "Islamic schools, mosques in Canada are filled with extremist literature, according to a study." More troubling was that "the authors of the study say what worried them was not the presence of extremist literature, but that they found nothing but such writings in several mosque libraries and Islamic schools."
Canada's Liberal government is considering joining the Dutch government's proposed international abortion fund, as part of its commitment to advance "reproductive rights."
After President Trump restored the Mexico City Policy on Monday, Dutch minister of foreign trade and development co-operation Lilianne Ploumen announced her government's intention to launch the abortion fund.
The Mexico City Policy denies US federal funding to foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions as a method of family planning.
The woman who told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau she could barely afford to eat after paying her carbon tax and hydro bills now says she's been receiving threats online.
Kathy Katula, the 54-year-old mother of four and grandma of three, said after she was featured in the Toronto Sun about her Peterborough townhall appearance with Trudeau on Friday, trolls and haters have been flooding her Facebook wall with negative comments.
There were so many, she called 911 Sunday morning, fearing strangers would show up to her Buckhorn, Ont., home, 30 kilometres north of Peterborough.