All 165 Liberal MPs in the House of Commons Tuesday, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, voted against a motion calling on MPs to condemn “all forms of systemic racism, religious intolerance and discrimination” in the wake of “the recent and senseless violent acts at a Quebec City mosque.”
The Liberal rejection of that motion came hours after Alexandre Bissonnette, accused of six murders at that mosque, made a brief court appearance in Quebec City.
Meanwhile, the 126 Conservative, New Democrat, and Bloc Quebecois MPs, as well as the lone Green Party MP voted in favour of the motion, put forward by Conservative MP David Anderson, which would have, among other things, asked a parliamentary committee to identify ways to reduce or eliminate “all types of discrimination in Canada,” including “discrimination of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and other religious communities.”
Hours before voting on that motion, a Canadian Muslim leader blamed Conservatives for creating “waves of Islamophobia” with that motion.
Because the Liberals hold a majority in the House of Commons, Anderson’s motion failed by a vote of 126-165, capping a week of emotional politicking that saw Liberal MPs say the recent mosque murders were the “direct result” of the kind of policies put forward by the Conservatives; that saw the Conservatives accuse the Liberals of trying to divide Canadians of different faiths; and a weekend which saw an anti-semitic incident in Toronto while a mosque was vandalized in Montreal.
In debate in the House of Commons last week, the Liberal MPs said they could not vote for a motion that did not explicitly speak to Islamophobia even though MPs unanimously condemned Islamophobia not even four months ago, on Oct. 26.
Canada is a very tolerant and welcoming country and Trudeau is using it to score political points and polarizing the country towards what America has become. Keep in mind, the New Democrats are even further to the left and they supported the ‘Conservatives.’* Trudeau isn’t the saint the predominantly left-wing press elsewhere in the West makes him out to be.
*More libertarian than conservative. There is no conservative party in Canada.