Muslim voting guide grant was 'weird': deputy minister

Muslim voting guide grant was 'weird': deputy minister
Special to Toronto Sun
February 18, 2020
February 18, 2020 1:11 PM EST
Canadian Muslim Voting Guide
The deputy minister of industry in an internal email described use of a taxpayer-funded research project to publish a 2019 Muslim voting guide as “weird,” in documents obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter.
The guide criticized opposition MPs for activities that “foment the kind of fear and moral panic that leads to violence and hate.”
“In the event we did pay for this, I’m just wondering if in fact we have any policies at the councils about paying for this stuff that is overtly political in the sense of paying for stuff that, for example, purports to guide people in how they should vote?” wrote Deputy Minister Simon Kennedy.
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“It would seem weird that such a guide would be something we would subsidize no matter what one may or may not think about the content.”
The voting guide was published Oct. 18 by the Canadian Islamophobia Industry Research Project at Wilfrid Laurier University. The department said it was unaware of the guide until notified by B’nai Brith Canada on Oct. 24.
However in their successful application for $24,923 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, researchers said they intended to “create profiles of key public, media and political figures as well as organizations who produce and distribute Islamophobic ideologies and propaganda,” according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
“The Islamophobia industry is comprised of media outlets, political figures, academics, think tanks, far-right groups and ideologues, and the donors who fund their campaign,” read the grant application.
“These individuals, groups and institutions comprise a network that supports and engages in activities that demonize and marginalize Islam and Muslims in Canada.”
The Muslim voting guide gave Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer and People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier “fail” marks on immigration, refugees and Islamophobia, while Liberal and New Democratic leaders were given passing grades.
Scheer’s well-documented association with controversial far-right and Islamophobic public figures makes him complicit,” said the guide. “Bernier indicates little concern for the plight of oppressed people.”
Andrew Scheer.
Protests prompted an urgent call from the minister’s office, according to Access To Information records.
“Yikes,” emailed one Humanities Research Council staffer. “Let’s treat this confidentially,” replied Brent Herbert-Copley, executive vice-president of the council.
Dr. Natalie Brender, senior advisor to the council president, cited Twitter posts critical of the subsidy.
“Many dozens of tweets about this now from all sides so (we) can see why the prime minister’s office is worked up,” wrote Dr. Brender.
The council, in one staff email, insisted grants were “managed at arm’s length from government,” a claim disputed by Dr. Brender.
“The arm’s length phrasing concerns me because the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council does report to the Minister even if we are not a government department per se, and I doubt any of the critics of this issue will be mollified by that distinction.”
The council at the time promised to investigate the voting guide.
It remains posted on a university website.
Investigate it now? Where was the media reporting on this when it first became known and even cited in CC in Oct.?
Journalism no longer exists.
Well it coulda had a negative effect on the giver of money if there was fair journalism
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Well it coulda had a negative effect on the giver of money if there was fair journalism

$600 million buys you a lot of incentive to engage in partisan "journalism". Even without it really.

When M-103 was put forward, hate crimes against muslims had doubled over the previous three year period. What's interesting is those EXACT SAME stats show hate crimes against White people increased by 2.5X over the same previous three year period.

There was another interesting tidbit amongst those stats. It would seem that you are more likely to be the victim of a religious hate crime in Quebec than in the ROC, while you're more likely to be a victim of a racially motivated hate crime in the ROC than in Quebec.