As reported in August, the news broke that the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC), which has received $130k+ in government funding through Canadian Heritage’s Anti-Racism Action Plan, employed Laith Marouf, who has a documented history of making outrageous and hateful statements against Jews, the Black community, Quebecers, and others. CMAC had used funding from Canadian Heritage for Marouf to hold panels in several Canadian cities.
Following this revelation, CIJA intervened with the Minister responsible and his staff expressing the community’s outrage.
Last week, the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, released a formal response on behalf of the Government of Canada that outlined the significant policy changes they have implemented across government agencies to ensure such a situation does not recur.
Minister Hussen and the federal government took responsibility for the misappropriation of funding. The measures they put in place are substantial. And, most importantly, the Minister committed to working with CIJA to ensure that these measures become a “whole of government” approach affecting all departments that award contracts to third parties.
Late in August, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh sent an email to supporters setting out his party’s demands regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It used divisive rhetoric that infantilizes Palestinians, demonizes Israelis, ignores the reality on the ground, and does nothing to advance peace.
Join us in calling on Mr. Singh and the NDP to stop using offensive rhetoric that will not lead to peace in the region.
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