Trudeau, Muslim lobby are silent over France’s war on “Islamist separatism”

Trudeau, Muslim lobby are silent over France’s war on “Islamist separatism”

France declared war on radical Islam. On September 30, 2020 French President Emmanuel Macron revealed his government is in the process of drafting a law to fight “Islamist separatism” which will be presented to Parliament in December.

In a speech in the Paris region Macron described Islam as “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today” due to “an extreme hardening” of positions. Macron declared that “Islam in France must be freed from foreign influence” promising to promote secular values in France while conducting improved oversight of the financing of mosques.

Macron acknowledged that the French state was partly responsible for the “ghettoisation” of communities with large numbers of Muslim residents, saying that non-secular organisations have sought to make up for “failings” of “integration policy”. “Where we stepped away, they stepped in,” he said.

The French President urged immediate crackdown on radical Islamists following the beheading of the teacher Samuel Paty by a Muslim immigrant in reaction to displaying controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by Paty to his pupils as part of a discussion about free speech

On October 20, 2020 Macron said the Sheikh Yassin Collective – an Islamist group named after the founder of the Palestinian militant group Hamas – would be outlawed for being “directly involved” in the killing. He said the ban was a way of helping France’s Muslim community, Europe’s largest, from the influence of radicalism.

The French government also ordered a mosque to close for sharing videos on Facebook calling for action against Mr Paty and sharing his school’s address in the days before his death.

Sheikh Ali Al-Yousuf of the International Union of Muslim Scholars said in an October 18, 2020 interview on Channel 9 (Turkey) that from the perspective of Islamic law, one cannot say that the Chechen teen who recently beheaded French history teacher Samuel Paty is guilty of a serious crime. Rather, he said that the teen’s transgression was that he took it upon himself to carry out the death penalty for insulting the Prophet Muhammad, while the sentence should be carried out by a shari’a court in an Islamic state.

Sheikh Al-Yousuf said that people should focus on the fact that Paty had been teaching people to “hate” the Prophet Muhammad, and he argued that France is undergoing a crisis, since “Islam is growing because of its moral values.”

Imam Karim AbuZaid, the Imam of the Colorado Muslims Community Center (Dar Al-Tawheed) in Aurora, Colorado, mocks Macron’s policy emphasizing that Islam is not in a crisis but France due to the changing demography.

In an Friday sermon at Colorado Muslims Community Center Karim AbuZaid said:

Islam is spreading like fire spreads in dry wood. His own people are accepting Islam. One out of every ten in France are Muslim. Can you imagine that? So where is the crisis Mr. Macron? People are liking the whole religion. What is wrong with you? Oh you’re afraid because they say in less than 50 years in the year 2050 Islam will pass Christianity. Is that why? That is the real crisis… This religion will reach as far as the day light and the night the darkness of the night reaches. Basicaly every place in the face of this Earth. And it will enter every single home…

Brothers and sisters in Islam it is so great to feel good to feel confidence about your religion… So don’t worry about Islam Mr. Macron. Islam is not in crisis we have actually a long-term plan beyond your life and the life of your kids. But the question that I ask myself and my brothers who are listening to this sermon what are you going to do?… How did they (Muslim sons) feel when they heard this guy saying this about Islam? How did they feel? Did your son come and say what is this guy saying about my religion? Huh! There is where we can make a change… It’s going to take time. Now we have to contribute to this. Look at your child and if you don’t have one to look at a Muslim child that’s why we have schools. I tell you if there is a project out there that is of benefit to the Muslim Ummah (brotherhood) it’s Islamic schools.

As of yet a thorough search of social media has not indicated any comment on this issue by Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau, the leading Muslim advocacy organization (National Council of Canadian Muslims – NCCM) and the Muslim Parliamentary Caucus.

Trudeau’s position on Islam stands in stark contrast to the policy espoused by the French government. In 2015 Trudeau said “we need to make sure that we’re working with communities like the Muslim community, for example, to demonstrate that Islam is not incompatible with free and open Western societies.” According to Trudeau, “Canadians are quick to point out that ISIS is wrong, that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada.”

Muslim Parliamentary Caucus in Canada calls on confronting far-right movements

Muslim Parliamentary Caucus in Canada calls on confronting far-right movements

Canadian Liberal Muslim Members of Parliament have formed the “Muslim Parliamentary Caucus” that focuses on issues pertaining to the Muslim community.

Members of this Caucus are:

  • Sameer Zuberi, (Chair) M.P. Pierrefonds—Dollard
  • Omar Alghabra, M.P. Mississauga Centre
  • Ali Ehsassi, M.P. Willowdale
  • Ahmed Hussen, M.P. York South—Weston
  • lqra Khalid, M.P. Mississauga—Erin Mills
  • Maryam Monsef, M.P. Peterborough—Kawartha
  • Yasmin Ratansi, M.P. Don Valley East
  • Arif Virani, M.P. Parkdale —High Park
  • Salma Zahid, M.P. Scarborough Centre

In a statement “on Toronto Mosque Threat and Growing Far-Right Extremism” issued on October 12, 2020 the Muslim Parliamentary Caucus highlighted the “urgency to confront far-right movements that threaten the safety of Canadians and our society.”

Statement by the Muslim Parliamentary Caucus

Statement by Liberal Muslim Parliamentary Caucus on Toronto Mosque Threat and Growing Far-Right Extremism

In the last several months, Canada has had a sustained conversation about systemic racism. The federal government and key societal institutions have acknowledged that systemic racism exists and have committed to act.

In this vein, the Muslim Caucus is raising grave concern around recent events in Toronto and elsewhere across the country.

On September 12, Mohammed-Aslim Zafis, a volunteer at Toronto’s IMO mosque, was killed in cold blood at the institution’s doorsteps. This was allegedly committed by a man who subscribed to neo-Nazi ideologies.

And now, during this Thanksgiving weekend, a Toronto mosque received a threat. The threat references the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack which killed 51 people and injured 40 more.

These two cases did not occur in isolation. We have watched with growing concern acts of violence that have occurred around the world due to racism, Islamophobia, and white supremacy. In our own country, on January 29, 2017, we saw an all too vivid consequence of unchecked Islamophobia. The Quebec City mosque shooting left 6 dead and many seriously injured, at the hands of a terrorist who espoused far-right extreme views and peddled hate. We have also seen harassment, intimidation and violence against those who are perceived as Muslim, in particular, Muslim women.

We acknowledge our government has acted to combat white supremacy, racism and Islamophobia. We have had ongoing engagement with our Minister of Public Safety, Hon. Bill Blair and other colleagues. Whether it has been the listing of two white supremacist organizations on the terror list, support for targeted communities through the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP), a commitment to redouble efforts to tackle online hate by Prime Minister Trudeau in the Speech from the Throne, and other concrete measures – progress has been made.

However, incidents of hate, violence and murder continue to occur and far-right hate groups fester on dark corners of the web and in person. We recognize much more needs to be done. Lives are being lost, and there is deep concern. We have a responsibility to do more.

For this reason, we, the Liberal Muslim Parliamentary Caucus, will be speaking to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Safety in the coming days on the recent events, and how we must act with urgency to confront far-right movements that threaten the safety of Canadians and our society.

Hon. Omar Alghabra, M.P. Mississauga Centre Ali Ehsassi, M.P. Willowdale Hon. Ahmed Hussen, M.P. York South—Weston lqra Khalid, M.P. Mississauga—Erin Mills Hon. Maryam Monsef, M.P. Peterborough—Kawartha Yasmin Ratansi, M.P. Don Valley East Arif Virani, M.P. Parkdale —High Park Salma Zahid, M.P. Scarborough Centre Sameer Zuberi, (Chair) M.P. Pierrefonds—Dollard

Yesterday, MP Sameer Zuberi, the Chair of the Muslim Parliamentary Caucus, was asked on CBC News about our ask on the…

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Ottawa Freedom Rally – Challenging Authoritarian Covid-19 Restrictions

Ottawa Freedom Rally – Challenging Authoritarian Covid-19 Restrictions

The start of the day in Ottawa at 5:30 am, August 29, 2020, was not promising. Rain was steady and dark clouds covered the horizon. By 9 the rain was more of a fine spray. By 11am the rain stopped all together.

I made my way to the Ottawa Parliament grounds. To my surprise there were at least 2000 thousand people and a steady flow entering. In the end it was a crowd of at least 7000. I met people who came for this event, from Edmonton, Calgary, Region of La Bosse, Toronto, Orillia, Montreal & Quebec City.

What struck me was everyone made eye contact with everyone. Everyone was smiling. Everyone was happy & they all shook hands. I shook hands and got some hugs.

One thing left me with a less than favorable impression was the speakers and the content of the speeches. I as a journalist was permitted access to the press area in the very front of the stage. I should have remembered to bring ear plugs. At times, some most of the time, those speaking were screeching. Other than rhetoric not much was said. However the important point of this success was the thousands that made a concerted effort & spent their money to attend.

I left the media pit and made my way back into the crowd. I wanted most to meet the people. I was soaking in the atmosphere and getting a feeling for this movement. Time will tell where this movement goes. One thing is certain no intimidation, destruction of property or violence will be a result.

Kristyn Wong-Tam encourages BLM to commit vandalism

Kristyn Wong-Tam encourages BLM to commit vandalism

Kristyn Wong-Tam is a Toronto City councillor for Ward 13 – Toronto Centre. On July 18, 2020 Kristyn Wong-Tam tweeted:

I stand in support with individuals fighting against symbols of colonial and racist violence.

Protesting oppression isn’t a crime. If Toronto Police wants us to believe that they are serious about repairing relationships with Black & Indigenous communities they should #FreeThemNow.

The Toronto Police Services Board just spent days listening to testimony about how policing is biased and harmful. Today we learn of reports that TPS is denying a Queer Black woman access to in-person legal counsel and her medication. I seriously hope this is not the case.

Regardless of whether you agree with the tactics of the protesters, these arrests are not about public safety. Spray paint is an innocuous tool when weighed against the power and violence of structural racism, colonialism and state oppression.

It’s my hope that this doesn’t become another example of how access to justice is unequally administered in this city. We must find a better way forward. Defunding the police & reallocating resources to underfunded community-led alternatives is the first step in doing that.

On July 18, 2020 CBC News reported:

Toronto police have charged three people after Black Lives Matter protesters splattered paint on statues at the Ontario legislature and Ryerson University. Two women, Jenna Reid and Danielle Smith, aged 35 and 47 respectively, and one man, Daniel Gooch, 35, all of Toronto, have all been charged with three counts of mischief under $5,000 and conspiracy to commit a summary offence, according to Toronto police. Black Lives Matter Toronto has claimed credit for defacing the statues of former prime minister John A. Macdonald, King Edward VII Equestrian and Egerton Ryerson and called the action an artistic disruption.

Canada’s Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46) defines mischief as follows:


430 (1) Every one commits mischief who wilfully

(a) destroys or damages property;

(b) renders property dangerous, useless, inoperative or ineffective;

(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property; or

  1. obstructs, interrupts or interferes with any person in the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.


Mischief in relation to cultural property

(4.2) Every one who commits mischief in relation to cultural property as defined in Article 1 of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, done at The Hague on May 14, 1954, as set out in the schedule to the Cultural Property Export and Import Act,

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or

(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Media Inquiry

Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor, City of Toronto

Question for Kristyn Wong-Tam:

Why do you encourage Black Lives Matter activists to commit vandalism which is a criminal offence (mischief) according to Canada’s criminal Code?

An article on this issue will be published soon, so it would be great if you could respond by 11am July 24, 2020. If more time is required please let me know. Thanks!


Eric Stanley Brazau

Investigative Journalist

Note: As of July 25, 2020 Kristyn Wong-Tam has not yet responded to the media inquiry.

Biased reporting by Meaghan Wray appears to violate Global News editorial guidelines

Biased reporting by Meaghan Wray appears to violate Global News editorial guidelines

Global News defines its “Journalistic Principles and Practices” as follows:

“Our primary directive is to report accurate, balanced, timely and comprehensive news and information in the public interest… Integrity, fairness and transparency are at the foundation of our newsgathering process. We are committed to reporting news without distortion or misrepresentation.”

Meaghan Wray is a national viral and lifestyle reporter with an interest in pop culture, health and beauty, and women’s issues. On July 22, 2020 Meaghan Wray published on Global News the following article:

Wall of Moms: Mothers form human shield to protect Portland protesters.

By Meaghan Wray Global News

Mothers came together in Portland, Ore., to form a human shield — a Wall of Moms — to protect activists protesting the treatment of Black people in the U.S.

Protests over police brutality and racial inequality in the wake of George Floyd‘s death have been ongoing for more than 50 days.

Most recently, video has shown masked, camouflaged federal authorities without identification in unmarked vehicles arresting protesters at night, often violently.

Many have been seen sporting military-style fatigues with the word “police” on them, but no badge numbers or identifying information.

In response, groups of mothers banded together to protect activists, declaring: “Feds stay clear, moms are here.”

“They are calling themselves Momtifa,” author and activist Ben Phillips tweeted on Sunday. A video he shared shows dozens of moms linking their arms together.

In a followup tweet, a video shows the group of mothers singing “hands up, please don’t shoot me” — a version of Black Lives Matter rally cry “hands up, don’t shoot” — in the style of a lullaby.

“Impossible to watch and not cry,” Phillips tweeted.

Portland mom Bev Barnum said she was inspired to act after watching videos of the protests on Friday night.

“It didn’t take long for me to find a massive array of video displaying obvious human rights violations,” she told CNN. “But I thought I needed to do more so I asked the Portland working moms group to protest with me, to shield the protesters from harm with our ‘mombods.’”

Barnum, who is Mexican American, is the founder of activist group Wall of Moms, a collection of mothers who work together to protect activists. She teamed up with Don’t Shoot Portland, an advocacy group.

Around 70 mothers, including Barnum, gathered outside the federal courthouse over the weekend in a protest line, CNN reported.

“We are just amplifying (Don’t Shoot Portland)’s message,” Rebecca, another mom who joined Barnum, told CNN. She did not want her last name used out of fear of retaliation.

“Parents have always been out there protesting. Black mothers have been doing this forever trying to get justice for their children.”

According to Barnum, federal authorities came out of the courthouse on Saturday night and “started shooting.”

“I couldn’t believe it was happening,” Barnum said. “Traumatic doesn’t even begin to describe it.”

Portland police used tear gas on multiple occasions until a federal court order banned them from doing so without declaring a riot. Now, anger is building as federal officers deploy tear gas.

The Wall of Moms was joined by PDX Dad Pod, who wielded leaf blowers on Monday night to help disperse the tear gas, The Associated Press reported.

“We’ll stop when there is no protester that needs our protection,” Barnum told CNN. “We get thanks every which way. But we’re not doing it for the thanks.

“We’re doing it to protect human rights.”

With files from Global News reporter Rachel D’Amore and The Associated Press

Meaghan Wray’s article portrays the “federal authorities” operating in Portland in a very negative manner. According to her description, the federal forces concealed their identity and “often violently” arrested “protesters.”

Wray didn’t deen it necessary to report on the reason for the arrests and fail to provide any information about the protesters, their motives and the nature of their activities that triggered the “often violently” reaction by the federal forces. The word Anitfa is not mentioned in Wray’s article. According to Wray, the “protesters” were peaceful and the federal authorities unjustly used excessive force.

An article published by Danielle Wallace from Fox News on the same day tells a completely different story:

Federal officers in Portland may have been permanently blinded by lasers, officials say

Rioters also launched fireworks at a courthouse and plotted to cut off water supply

Chaos in Portland as federal officers confront demonstrators outside federal buildings

Federal officers fire tear gas to push crowds back from vandalizing the federal courthouse; Dan Springer reports from Seattle.

At least three federal officers in Portland may not recover their vision after earlier this week demonstrators, who have shown up in crowds of over 1,000 for more than 50 consecutive nights, shined lasers in their eyes and threw fireworks at a federal courthouse, officials said.

During Monday night’s confrontation, one person also threatened to cut off the water supply to federal officers inside the building.

Federal Protective Service (FPS) Deputy Director of Operations Richard “Kriss” Cline said at a press conference on Tuesday that a crowd of more than 1,000 “rioters” surrounded the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and began removing plywood coverings before attempting to throw objects – some of them incendiary – through the windows at federal officers inside.

They also vandalized the building with spray paint, blocked adjacent intersections and set several fires.

“When officers responded to put out these fires, glass bottles were thrown and lasers – which can cause permanent blindness – were shined in their eyes,” Cline said. “We have three officers who currently have eye injuries and they may not recover sight in those eyes from those laser attacks.”

The FPS has purchased anti-laser glasses that federal officers are now wearing to prevent eye injuries.

Federal officers responded by deploying pepper balls and tear gas. Cline said officers observed one individual taking pictures of a water intake system to the Edith Green Federal Building, which is also under FPS protection. Earlier in the evening Monday night, a Twitter user said “So we can shut off the water to the buildings the feds are staying in to make it a nightmare for them.”

Seven people were arrested in the unrest that unfolded Monday night into the early hours Tuesday, including two for alleged assaults on federal officers and five for noncompliance with lawful directions.

One of the federal officers assaulted is a member of the Federal Protective Service, the other is a member of the U.S Marshals Service. Another federal officer was injured when he was struck by a glass bottle thrown by rioters, Cline said.

The Department of Homeland Security said that “violent anarchists” also had torn down the perimeter fencing around the Hatfield Federal Courthouse Sunday night into Monday morning.

Red, green and purple lasers were aimed by rioters at federal officers through the courthouse doors while one group used a strobe light on the building. A commercial-grade mortar firework was fired in the vicinity of the Hatfield Courthouse front doors.

Cline explained that these incendiary fireworks were launched at the courthouse at the same time that rioters had barricaded the front entrance of the courthouse, potentially trapping federal officers inside.

The U.S. Marshals Service also reported communications jamming – the first reported instance since the riots have started — which may have caused significant problems with their radio communications.

Cline also detailed how the names of federal officers would be removed from their uniforms and replaced with their badge numbers after approximately 38 law enforcement officers had been doxed.

In her book “Anatomy of #FakeNews in the Era of Donald Trump – A case study of unethical journalism,” Diane Weber Bederman wrote:

In this book, #FakeNews discusses the danger of factual errors but focuses more on the egregious omission of facts. This type of #FakeNews is dangerous because the omission of facts about events and sources, especially on a regular basis, can promote a particular narrative; a bias, that affects perspective and can lead to the polarization of a country. The reason the omission of facts is so dangerous is that the consumer of news has no idea that facts have been omitted. This #FakeNews becomes propaganda. And media outlets together can form a coalition of #FakeNewsMedia.”

Media Inquiry

Meaghan Wray, Reporter, Global News

James Armstrong, Managing Editor, Global News

Questions for Meaghan Wray:

  • Do you think that your news report about the events in Portland are in line with the “Journalistic Principles and Practices” set by Global News and specifically accuracy and balanced reporting without distortion or misrepresentation?
  • Why did you choose to omit the abundant reports on the daily (almost two months) violent riots (looting, arson, vandalism, grievous assault etc.) in Portland by Antifa and BLM operatives, including the recent violent attacks on Hatfield Federal Courthouse?

An article on this issue will be published soon, so it would be great if you could respond by 11am July 24, 2020. If more time is required please let me know. Thanks!


Eric Stanley Brazau

Investigative Journalist

Note: As of July 24, 2020 Meaghan Wray has not yet responded to the media inquiry.