OTTAWA – The House of Commons has passed a Liberal backbencher’s motion calling on federal politicians to condemn Islamophobia.
The motion, known as M-103, became a matter of acrimonious debate, with opponents painting it as a slippery slope towards limiting freedom of speech and even bringing in Sharia law.
Islamist terrorism may threaten the Western world, but Canada's Parliament is more concerned with Islamophobia.
Last month, Canadian lawmakers debated a motion put forward by a Liberal member of Parliament - part of the governing party - to condemn Islamophobia and study its effect on society. Though a number of Conservative MPs have pledged to vote against it later this year, the motion, M-103, is guaranteed to pass.
An interfaith group is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to defeat a private member's motion that condemns Islamophobia and calls on Parliament to develop a strategy to eliminate it.
David Nitkin and Tariq Khan, co-chairs of Muslim Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, wrote letters to Trudeau Feb. 7 saying motion M-103, which has not passed Parliament, and Petition E-411, which has, "are antithetical to the Canadian values we cherish."
"Like all religious groups, Muslims are already protected under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and criminal law. They do not need a separate law which is supported by groups that have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and in essence are trying to put in place a form of sharia blasphemy law," they state.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canada will spend $650 million in the next three years to increase access to abortion in developing countries.
Trudeau and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement live on Facebook on International Women's Day.
The money is earmarked for sex education, increasing access to abortion, and contraception, according to Canadian Press.
Canada's federal public servants have three chances to pass a mandatory feminist "gender equality" course or face unspecified consequences.
LifeSiteNews has learned of a number of federal employees who fear that if they refuse to take the test, or outright fail it by not selecting the feminist-approved answers, they might be overlooked for promotion. Some fear they might even lose their jobs.
The gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) course was developed under Jean Chretien's Liberal government in 1995. Its purpose was to "advance gender equality in Canada" by helping government employees craft and implement "gender equality" policies, programs, and legislation.
There were some tense moments in the streets of Montreal as supporters and opponents of a House of Commons motion condemning Islamophobia clashed.
Two protests were held in Montreal, one consisting of supporters of a motion before Parliament that condemns Islamophobia, the other by critics of the motion.
Despite police efforts to keep the two sides apart, some scuffles occurred between the two sides as tempers flared.
A similar protest took place in front of Toronto city hall, where some counter-protesters were escorted away by Toronto police. Photos show police tackling one protester to the ground.
A bill to criminalize spanking will return to the floor of the Canadian Senate in late February.
If S-206 passes, it will go to the House of Commons, where the Liberal majority has pledged its support.
The bill's original sponsor, Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette, believes that spanking harms children's psyches.
But those who believe disciplining children with spanking should be an option for parents are worried that their actions could lead to criminal charges against parents and child seizures by the government.
Canadian citizen and Christian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim is still jailed in North Korea, and his church in Mississauga has called on Canada to get him out of that situation.
Pastor Lim was last seen and heard from when Canadian consular officials visited him on Dec. 18 after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in North Korea. He then disappeared.
The Prime Minister of Canada will be holding a vote on February 16, 2017, Motion M103, that if passed, will enact Islamic Blasphemy Laws in Canada creating a defacto Sharia compliant state on the Northern border of the United States.
In order to push this vote forward, Trudeau has diabolically employed psychological warfare tactics created by the Muslim Brotherhood, and has smeared the entire Canadian population with the lie that they are Islamophobic.
Some doctors who have helped the gravely ill end their lives are no longer willing to participate in assisted death because of emotional distress or fear of prosecution if their decisions are second-guessed, according to their colleagues.
In Ontario, one of the few provinces to track the information, 24 doctors have permanently been removed from a voluntary referral list of physicians willing to help people die. Another 30 have put their names on temporary hold.
While they do not have to give a reason, a small number have advised the province they now want "a reflection period to decide whether medical assistance in dying is a service they want to provide," according to a health ministry spokesman.
A pro-life activist argued in an Ontario court this week that the provincial government violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it quietly changed the law in 2010 to prohibit access to abortion statistics.
"The government is just worried that if people knew how many abortions are being done, they wouldn't like it," said Patricia Maloney, who, along with the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA), launched the action against the government.
Maloney and her ally were in Ottawa's Superior Court on Wednesday, arguing against a change to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) that the government had slipped into an omnibus bill, unnoticed and unopposed, in 2010. The "Broader Public Sector Accountability Act," or Bill 122, largely expanded FIPPA's reach to healthcare institutions. At the same time, however, it also added a provision that excluded any and all information "related to the provision of abortion services" from FIPPA's reach.
Canadian minister calls limits on abortion 'gender-based violence,' gives $285,000 to Planned Parenthood
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new minister for the status of women claimed last week that restrictions on abortion are "gender-based violence."
That has one critic saying Trudeau should fire Maryam Monsef if she doesn't resign for "such an irresponsible and indeed malicious statement."
But Campaign Life says the neophyte minister is faithfully parroting the abortion rhetoric of Trudeau Liberals and the United Nations.
Trudeau made headlines a year ago when announcing the Canadian government planned to use funds from the country's defense department to build taxpayer-supported mosques for Muslim refugees.
Canada, meanwhile, is home to a Christian law school at Trinity University that has fought legal efforts to deny it accreditation, and McVety himself once fought a left-wing effort to boot him off the airwaves for his biblical views about sexuality.
Canada's left-wing prime minister also pledged that Canada would accept any refugees who are denied entry into the United States.
A Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn't contain the word "Islamophobia," former justice minister Irwin Cotler argued Thursday as the Liberals and Conservatives butted heads over competing propositions.
But the Liberals stood firm in their support of the controversial motion, arguing publicly that removing that one word would water down the measure and diminish the fight against hatred and discrimination.
The motion, known as M-103, was debated Wednesday in the House of Commons amid controversy about fears expressed by a number of Conservative MPs, who say it could stifle legitimate debate about issues like sharia law and the niqab.
Canada's Liberal government is considering joining the Dutch government's proposed international abortion fund, as part of its commitment to advance "reproductive rights."
After President Trump restored the Mexico City Policy on Monday, Dutch minister of foreign trade and development co-operation Lilianne Ploumen announced her government's intention to launch the abortion fund.
The Mexico City Policy denies US federal funding to foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions as a method of family planning.