The Government of Canada calls for applications (Christians need not apply) to fill the new position of Special Representative on Combatting so-called “Islamophobia.” The Liberals’ 2022 budget included $1.2 million in funding for this role.
Canadian Heritage(h/t Marvin W) Islamophobia and hate, in any form, have no place in Canada. The Government of Canada stands with and supports Muslim communities across Canada and reaffirms its commitment to take action to denounce and tackle Islamophobia and hate-fueled violence.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, announced that the Notice of Appointment Opportunity, which invites applicants to submit their candidacy for the new position of Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia, has been posted on the Governor in Council Appointments website.
The Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia will serve as a champion, advisor, expert and representative to the Canadian government, for the purpose of enhancing efforts to combat Islamophobia and to address barriers facing Muslim communities, and promoting awareness of the diverse and intersectional identities of Muslims in Canada.
The Special Representative will collaborate with domestic partners, institutions and stakeholders to support Canada’s efforts to combat Islamophobia, anti-Muslim hate, systemic racism, racial discrimination and religious intolerance.
“As we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the London attack and the five-year anniversary of the Québec Mosque shooting, the urgency for our government to take further actions to combat hate and all forms of racism is evident. Our government has listened to the lived experiences of Muslim communities from across the country and is stepping up its efforts in the fight against Islamophobia. The launch of applications for the Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia is another important step in building a safer, stronger, and more inclusive and equitable future for all.”
—The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
As defined in Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy, Islamophobia includes racism, stereotypes, prejudice, fear or acts of hostility directed towards individual Muslims or followers of Islam in general.
On July 22, 2021, the Government of Canada hosted a National Summit on Islamophobia, which helped to identify ways the federal government could work with Muslim communities to implement federal anti-racism initiatives that specifically address Islamophobia and hate-fueled violence.
To push back against religious discrimination, hateful rhetoric and racism at home, Budget 2022 proposes new resources to support the new Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia.
According to Robert Spencer: The announcement of a new appointee tasked with “combatting Islamophobia” comes from the same Department of Heritage that propelled the anti-islamophobia Motion M103 , a 23-million-dollar project which was imposed upon Canadians who do not have an “Islamophobia” problem.
The agents of these Islamophobia drives keep watch over Canada’s 38 million people to make sure that none of them step out of line. Ever.
Canada has experienced a list of worrying trends regarding jihadists and Islamic supremacists, including hate preaching and incitement, but none of it matters to those who are determined to drive the “Islamophobia” subterfuge into the heart of the nation. Meanwhile, Canada continues to fling its doors wide open to mass and unvetted Muslim migration.
There is no consideration or sympathy for Christians facing persecution by Muslims. They are not on the welcome list. But even Islamic State fighters are. The Canadian government decided to deport an ex-Muslim family that converted to Christianity, even though they face certain death upon return. The family was last reported to be living in hiding to avoid Trudeau’s deportation order back to Nigeria, which is now in the throes of a jihadist genocide against Christians.
Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, explained that the Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia “appointment will be part of a renewed Government of Canada Anti-Racism Strategy.” Ahmed Hussen is Canada’s former immigration Minister; he sought to “massively ramp up” refugee intake, and that he did, without proper vetting. A Muslim migrant in Toronto who joined an al-Quds rally once stated that “Canada is a white supremacist, racist project. I don’t consider myself to be Canadian.” But who’s watching?
Hussen has long sought to “lead the charge” on the UN’s global migration pact.
The government also previously announced that it intended to “make January 29 a National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action against Islamophobia.”
BUT WAIT, THERE’S EVEN MORE ISLAMOPHOBIA HYSTERIA:
#1: Help us Oppose Bill 21 in Quebec: Introduced by Quebec’s new conservative government, Bill 21 is just the latest legislative manifestation of Islamophobia in Quebec. If passed, Bill 21 will deny jobs in key sectors to visible Muslims and members of other religious minorities, including school teachers, judges and police officers. CJPME has worked closely in a task force with partners from the Muslim community in Quebec to oppose this legislation. Thus far, over 4000 Canadians have participated in a CJPME campaign to email Quebec’s political leaders ask them to reject this legislation, and results are already beginning to show.
#2: Make January 29 a Day of Action against Islamophobia: The New Zealand mosque shootings remind us of the fury of Islamophobia, and the need to demystify Canadian multi-culturalism. In October, 2018, with the Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF), CJPME launched a massive campaign to have January 29th designated a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia, just as Dec. 6 is a day of action against violence against women. Via our campaign, over 7000 Canadians have sent a postcard to their MP and an email to Trudeau and other political leaders.
#3: Support our lobbying efforts on Islamophobia: Several organizations are working to combat Islamophobia in Canada, but we feel we are especially effective with Members of Parliament. We’ve already met with over 100 MPs on of Islamophobia in the past year, and this Thursday, we’ve got another 20 appointments. Some members of Parliament have sought to deflect attention by diluting or denying the issue.
In addition to the initiatives above, CJPME has been addressing the problem of Islamophobia in Canada in many other ways too:
Parliament Hill Press Conference on January 29. On the second anniversary of the Quebec City mosque attack, CJPME hosted a press conference on Parliament Hill with the CMF. This press conference received national coverage, and pushed for recognition of January 29th.
Activism Website for January 29. As mentioned above, published a Website dedicated to making January 29 a day of action against Islamophobia. It has a response page, resources with postcards and posters, the justification, and much more!
January 29 Kiosque at the RIS. CJPME and the CMF also hosted a kiosque at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference (RIS) in Toronto at the end of December.