The now famous M103 presently before the House of Commons ( its on the order paper for Monday) is a dangerous motion for at least three reasons:
1. It signals out Islamphobia to be examined by The Heritage Committee . This puts possible discrimination against Muslims ahead of discrimination against all other religions in our country. Is this a fair way to examine religious discrimination in our country? And it is ‘sneaky ‘ since the ordinary citizen reading the motion would not suspect anything wrong .
2. The passage of this motion sets a dangerous precedent . If our elected representatives can get away with this type of action, what is next? This is just the thin edge of the wedge . Will they think they can do other similiar motions? Will Provinces or Municipalities become emboldened to take actions to favour one group over another in their jurisdictions, all in the name of political correctness?
3. The motion does not define what is to be studied . So our House of Commons is going to pass a motion setting in motion certain actions over matters that Parliament has not defined . Our Members of Parliament really do not know what they are voting on.
Why would MP’s do this sort of thing. At least Liberal MP’s. You see all other MP’s voted on an amendment to the motion which would see the Heritage Committee study equally all religious discrimination. The Liberals rejected it.
So the question again. Why do Liberal MP’s want so badly to pass this terrible motion.
Two possible reasons:
1. The Liberals have become so obsessed with their immigration actions this past year that they think they are on the side of the angels. They have become blinded by their own dogma. Something like their blindness on environmental matters.
2. A second reason could be ‘ just politics’ . They know the nature of all the seats in the country and have reasoned that there are sufficient swing seats that would be more positive for them in the next election with the passage of this motion.
Here is the actual motion:
‘That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making, (ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.’