“CONSERVATIVE” leader Andrew Scheer strips Tory MP of committee role after his legitimate confrontation of a hostile Muslim witness.
Earlier this week, Cooper told Faisal Khan Suri he should be “ashamed” after he drew a link between “conservative commentators” and the online history of mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette. Cooper also quoted from the manifesto of the man accused of the mass killings in Christchurch, New Zealand in an attempt to discredit Suri’s testimony.
Suri told the committee that “online hate is a key factor in enforcing hate in all forms,” including Islamophobia, and that more efforts should be made to study online hate and its effects in the offline world.
When it was his turn to ask Suri and other witnesses questions, Cooper laid into the Alberta anti-racism activist, accusing him of suggesting a link between “conservatism” and violent extremism.
“Mr. Suri, I take great umbrage with your defamatory comments to try to link conservatism with violent extremist attacks. They have no foundation, they’re defamatory, and they diminish your credibility as a witness,” Cooper said.
“Reading the name and quoting the words of the Christchurch shooter, especially when directed at a Muslim witness during a parliamentary hearing, is insensitive and unacceptable,” said Scheer.