On December 24, 2019 Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on Christmas:
Merry Christmas, Canada! Today, our family joins Christians across the country and around the world to celebrate the birth of Christ. Whether you are sharing a meal with friends, keeping the kids entertained in the snow, or spending time gathered around the Christmas tree, this season is full of joy, light, and love. No matter how you celebrate, our greatest holiday traditions are the ones of giving and giving back. Rain, shine, or snow, as Canadians, we take care of each other. From helping a neighbour shovel their driveway to serving a hot meal to someone in need, lending a hand is what brings us closer to the people around us. At this time of year, we are especially thinking of our brave Canadian Armed Forces members serving here in Canada and overseas. Thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe and defend the values we hold dear. Today, and every day, let us reflect on how we can live the Christmas message of peace and compassion as we come together and keep moving forward in the new year. From our family to yours, Hadrien, Ella-Grace, Xavier, Sophie, and I wish you a merry Christmas and all the best in 2020.
Here is an excerpt from the mandate letter sent by Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage:
I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda.
On 26 October 2019, Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh,
Caliphate), killed himself and three of his children by detonating a
suicide vest during the Barisha raid conducted by the American Delta
Force in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province.
In a speech to the nation Sunday
morning, President Trump, said
the U.S. had been searching for al-Baghdadi for years, calling his
capture or death “the top national security priority of my
Hours later Canada’s prime minister
Justin Trudeau issued on Twitter a short statement:
The death of al-Baghdadi is a major step in the fight against Daesh. Canada will continue to work with our partners to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh, including through the Global Coalition, Operation IMPACT and the @NATO training mission in Iraq.
In his statement Trudeau avoided mentioning any reference to the Islamic ideology of the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate), that based its policy on the teachings of Islamic Law (Shariah) and ignored the American role in the war against ISIS and the elimination of al-Baghdadi.
Andrew Scheer, the leader of the
Conservative Party of Canada tweeted:
The evil ISIS terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. The world is a safer place today thanks to the efforts of US forces, as well as the intelligence gathered by our Kurdish allies. I commend those involved in delivering justice for al-Baghdadi’s many victims.
The Liberal Party of Canada shows its
support and sympathy with the Syrian Soufi’s restaurant in Toronto
that was reopened last week after a few days of closure because of
alleged online threats and hate messages directed at the owners and
their son Alaa Soufi DaLua.
A since-deleted Facebook post from the
Syrian restaurant confirmed
that Alaa Soufi DaLua had been one of the protesters against an event
featuring MP Maxime Bernier and expressed sincere regret about the
situation that occurred. In a video that went viral, a few masked
protesters are seen harassing an elderly couple, blocking their way
“Nazi scum” at an 81-year-old woman.
documented Alaa Soufi DaLua’s participation in demonstrations
alongside activists affiliated with the left wing group Anifa. Some
of these demonstrations turned into violent clashes.
On October 13, 2019 Glen McGregor, a
senior journalist covering Parliament Hill for CTV National News,
that the Trudeau campaign bus was served a lunch from Soufi’s
restaurant in Toronto that included a Syrian flatbread and taboulleh.
Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau, commended
the restaurateur Mohamad Fakih for his role in supporting Soufi’s
restaurant and implicitly facilitating Soufi’s lunch for the Trudeau
Milkshake at Fran’s. Thanksgiving event with Masai Ujiri (yeah @Raptors !). Lunch from Soufi’s (way to go @mohamadfakih8!). Toronto, I ❤️ you. Day not over yet! #HappyThanksgiving #WetheNorth
Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has been in hot water after photos came to light featuring him in blackface and brownface makeup in 2001 when Trudeau worked as a teacher in a private school in British Columbia. In another short video clip Trudeau is seen in blackface makeup mocking black people by facial gestures and stuffing his pants to portray a stereotypical cliche about black men’s genitalia.
Following widespread criticism Trudeau
apologized for his racist behaviour and committed to unwavering fight
for inclusion and diversity.
The National Council of Canadian
Muslims (NCCM), the leading advocacy group for Muslims in Canada,
issued two statements on the same day regarding Trudeau’s
In the first statement NCCM denounced
Trudeau’s behaviour and urged him to apologize and in the second
statement NCCM accepted Trudeau’s apology.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is calling on the Prime Minister to apologize for wearing “brownface”/”blackface” at an Arabian Nights Party in 2001. “Seeing the Prime Minister in brownface/blackface is deeply saddening,” said NCCM’s Executive Director Mustafa Farooq, “The wearing of blackface/brownface is reprehensible, and hearkens back to a history of racism and an Orientalist mythology which is unacceptable. While we recognize that people can change and evolve over two decades, it is critical that the Prime Minister immediately and unequivocally apologizes for his wearing of brownface/blackface.