The left wing NDP (New Democratic Party) candidate for prime minister and other NDP party candidates are having to take down campaign posters after they were found to have had anti-Muslim messages and images plastered on them.
Huffington Post Canadian Muslim Forum president Samer Majzoub says he received many phone calls from members who spotted the signs. He believes the NDP signs were targeted specifically for the party’s favorable stance on the niqab (Muslim headbag) at citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.
Majzoub says members of his community have also complained about the graffiti on a sign of NDP leader Tom Mulcair in Outremont where vandals spray-painted a niqab on him. Someone also spray-painted a niqab on the face of NDP candidate Anne Lagacé Dowson on a sign in Papineau (above).
Majzoub says he called Blanchette-Lamothe’s campaign office and volunteers were sent out to take the signs down. “No Muslim, no terrorism” was written a piece of paper glued to the signs of candidate Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, including some on Sources Boulevard. Montreal police say they were also alerted about the signs by a citizen. No official complaint was filed and no investigation is planned.
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On Wednesday, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said he supports the current requirement that women show their faces at some point in the citizenship process but that they should not be forced to remove a face covering while taking the oath of citizenship. “This [stance] may not be liked by others,” Majzoub said. “It is being used as political foible.”
Majzoub fears a small minority is turning a minor issue that affects few Canadians into a major one.
“We strongly believe it is being used for a political reason, to increase this anti-Muslim sentiment, hoping to earn or reduce the support of the Liberals or NDP, especially in Quebec,” Majzoub said.
Billboards from Canada’s Conservative Party (Stephen Harper current prime minister) focus on left wing candidates’ weak positions on fighting Islamic terrorism.