M-103: how can MPs vote on a so-called Islamophobia motion without defining it?

Mr. Lorne Gunther of the Edmonton Sun offers us possible definitions of Islamophobia:

“Does that (Islamophobia) mean an irrational fear of all Muslims based on a very real fear of several thousand radicals who truly do want to harm Western democracy? Or does it mean the much broader, politically-correct concept of Islamophobia, namely that anyone questioning whether Islam is a religion of peace is guilty of Islamophobia?”

He points out that the second definition would include people:  “who doubt the superiority of Sharia law, argue that compelling Muslim women to wear burkas or even niqabs is contrary to Western values or draw or publish cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed.”

He fears the second one will be adopted.  We concur because it fits the modus operandi of the thought police.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/11/yes-canadas-anti-islamophobia-motion-poses-a-problem

For the actual definition of Islamophobia we turn to Dr. Sherif Emil of Montreal.  He wrote, in a special to the Gazette (linked below), that a charge of Islamophobia is used in Muslim countries to:  “silence, marginalize and imprison the few liberal Muslim thinkers who are attempting to reform Islam from within, and the weapon to subjugate and humiliate minorities.”

Opinion: Canadians should oppose the anti-Islamophobia motion, M-103

Parliamentarians should be ashamed of voting on such a poorly worded motion rife with ignorance.  Equally shocking is the taxpayer money that will be wasted on chatting about this motion in committee for 240 days.

Dr. Emil points out that all parties supported, but the Liberals voted against, a vastly more appropriate motion that condemned:  “all forms of systemic racism, religious intolerance, and discrimination of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other religious communities.”

Ah yes, for some Canadian wishy-washiness is an endless source of make-work projects funded by taxpayers.

 

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Political elitism: Brantford style

It’s almost three months into 2017 and Brantford, Ontario taxpayers are still reeling from a 4.39% property tax increase.

After voting on the 4.39% property tax increase in January, Councillor Larry Kings told the Brantford Expositor:  “We’ve done the best we can with the surprises we’ve had.”  To that an informed citizen responded in a letter-to-the-editor:  “No you have not.  You raised taxes.”1

Unfortunately, it appears this letter was too truthy for the Brantford “City Hall” Expositor’s online version.

 

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Another letter points out ways councillors could have done their best:  “… implementing a salary freeze, privatizing city properties (while the real estate business is still booming), or cutting back on subsidies.”

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2017/01/24/city-council-should-face-reality

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

As we get closer to 22 October 2018 (municipal election day in Ontario) there will be, undoubtedly, the well scripted and choreographed come-to-Jesus moments.  So you are not swayed by these last minute mea culpas, you may want to cut out these articles and put them in your property tax file.

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1. John Connell. 2017.  “No more tax hikes” Brantford Expositor, January 16.

 

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It’s time to return the gleefully accepted presidential pens

We call on the politicians who are set on sabotaging the duly elected President of the United States to give back those presidential pens received on Inauguration Day.  We know how hard that is for some, such as Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi who behaved like children in a candy store that day in The President’s Room.  Giving back a handout goes against their deep-seated ideology.

Major Sullivan Ballou would have agreed that it is the honourable thing to do.

 

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People of Ontario: note to self

Do you want to be well prepared for the Ontario election on 7 June 2018?  May we suggest that you make notes to yourself and put them in your property or income tax file.

Let’s start with a gem from an informed former teacher from Aurora, Ontario.

Tentative agreements have been struck between the Ontario government and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the French teachers’ union, several support staff unions, and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association.  To this, the writer of  “Politics in Education” (last letter linked below) says:

“They (teachers) do not need more perks. They make a great salary and have a great benefit package. In retirement, they will collect the third best pension plan in the world (after the Teamsters and welders). Classroom problems, lack of programs or funding for this or that, arise out of the mismanagement and even misappropriation of taxpayers’ money by the very boards who employ them.”

Note taken.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2017/02/22/municipality-benefits-from-shellard-lane-tax-dollars

 

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Oh where, oh where have my sports complexes gone

That’s what you think when you hear the good folks of West Brantford, Ontario, especially the Shellard Lane area, exhort the want of a Shellard Lane sports complex to serve them.

Some folks need to be introduced or reintroduced to the generous taxpayer funded, spacious and underused sports complexes that already exist in West Brantford for their enjoyment.

George Baker Field, 53 Sherwood Dr., Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

George Baker Field, 53 Sherwood Dr., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

George Baker Field, 53 Sherwood Dr., Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

George Baker Field, 53 Sherwood Dr., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Arnold Anderson Stadium, 53 Sherwood Dr., Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Arnold Anderson Stadium, 53 Sherwood Dr., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Lions Park Arena Steve Brown Sports Complex 20 Edge St., Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Lions Park Arena Steve Brown Sports Complex 20 Edge St., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Lions Park Arena Steve Brown Sports Complex 20 Edge St., Brantford Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Steve Brown Sports Complex Softball Diamond 20 Edge St., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

We’ve accounted for the sports complexes and we hope that you’ve accounted for your little dog if you have one.

Oh, and West Brantford does NOT need another sports complex.

Capiche?

Ciao.

 

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