A Not-So-Brief History of Racism From Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party
Recently Conservatives have made news coverage for racist and dog whistle attacks to further their political agenda. But this isn’t a one-time thing. Under Andrew Scheer, the Conservatives have a history of using racism and aligning themselves with far-right groups to further their agenda.
Here’s a list of the many times Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives embraced racism or were connected to racist groups.
MP Michael Cooper allegedly calls Islam ‘goat herder culture’ in 2008 law class discussion – June 18, 2019
Lawyers who attended class with Cooper claimed that during one intense discussion, he claimed Canada’s “Judeo-Christian values” weren’t compatible with “goat herder cultures.”
The lawyers allege the comments were made during a heated discussion in a seminar on multiculturalism and the minority rights section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with Cooper arguing that some cultures were incompatible with Canada’s “Judeo-Christian values.”
Maxime Bernier’s Racist Tweet Inspires Violent Attack on Pakistani Park Sign – August 17, 2018
Bernier’s tweets inspired a violent attack on a community park sign. In response, people of all cultural backgrounds have been invited to the park to support Canada’s diversity
— Laura Stone (@l_stone) August 17, 2018
Conservative MP Maxime Bernier Says Multiculturalism is Destroying Canada – August 12, 2018
Maxime Bernier launched a broadside assault on Canadian multiculturalism and diversity that was widely panned as racist and xenophobic. Andrew Scheer has yet to do punish Bernier for his actions.
6/ Cultural balkanisation brings distrust, social conflict, and potentially violence, as we are seeing everywhere. It’s time we reverse this trend before the situation gets worse. More diversity will not be our strength, it will destroy what has made us such a great country.
— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) August 13, 2018
Conservative MP Blaine Calkins Insinuates MP is a Radical Islamist – August 9, 2018
As reported by PressProgress, the website Blaine Calkins linked to is connected to Rebel Media:
The 2005 blog post was published by far-right blogger Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum, an anti-Muslim think tank which has provided funding to Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant – Pipes was even a guest on Levant’s 2016 “Rebel Cruise.”
Conservative Senator Denise Batters Questions Loyalty of Middle Eastern Canadian MP – August 8, 2018
It was rightly denounced by everyone.
Conservative Party Tweeted Racist Image of Black Man Crossing Canada’s Border – July 17, 2018
The Conservatives deleted the tweet after public outrage.
Scheer Leadership Advisor Supports Locking Up Immigrant Children – June 20, 2018
She’s been involved in Conservative politics for a long time, including a local Ontario Progressive Conservative campaign in 2018.
— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) June 20, 2018
Conservative Riding President Connected to Racism, Anti-Islam La Meute – June 19, 2018
Conservative riding president Hugues Bonneau helped organize a Conservative event and tried to recruit attendees from La Meute, a far-right, anti-Islamist, and anti-multiculturalism group, through Facebook. According to the Globe and Mail,
The Facebook group was set up for fans of La Meute in the nationalist Saguenay region, part of the Chicoutimi-Le Fjord riding where a federal by-election was held on Monday and where Mr. Scheer hoped to make inroads in Quebec before the 2019 general election.
Pro-Trump Conservative MP Says Mexican Criminals Will Invade Canada If Marijuana is Legalized – June 15, 2018
Conservative MPs High-Five After Voting Against UN Indigenous Rights Bill – June 4, 2018
Conservative Riding President Resigns Due to Homophobic, Anti-Islamic Facebook Post – May 2018
The Globe and Mail reported that the president of the Louis-Hébert riding, Francois Labrecque, had to resign after making anti-Islamic and homophobic comments on social media.
A Member of The White Nationalist Northern Guard Speaks With Andrew Scheer – May 6, 2018
Steven Myatt wants to put Justin Trudeau on trial for treason because he’s allowing refugees and Muslims into Canada.
Kellie Leitch’s Leadership Campaign Paid Rebel Media Thousands of Dollars – February 1, 2018
As reported by PressProgress,
Elections Canada records reviewed by PressProgress show the failed leadership candidate cut Rebel Media five separate cheques worth $11,300 between September 2016 and February 2017 for services labelled “social media.”
In total, the records show Leitch’s campaign paid Rebel Media $56,500.
Conservative MP Defends Far-Right, Anti-Immigration Group – January 30th, 2018
Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus defended La Meute, a far-right group connected to the anti-Islam movement in Canada. According to the Globe and Mail,
Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus said the attack on La Meute was unbecoming of a Prime Minister, saying groups should not be targeted because of their vision of the country.
“Canada’s Prime Minister must speak in a way that is respectful of people. Calling people bozos, those are not words that should come out of the Prime Minister’s mouth,” Mr. Paul-Hus said after Mr. Trudeau defended his comments.
Scheer’s Leadership Advisor Helped Create Anti-Islam Group – December 6, 2017
Georganne Burke, Scheer’s Campaign Outreach Chair, helped create a group called Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms (C3RF). According to Vice News,
The group warns that the Liberal government is criminalizing criticism of Islam and opening the door for a Sharia (Islamic) takeover of Canadian law
Scheer Flees Reporters When Asked About Connections to Rebel Media – October 17, 2017
Scheer Names Rebel Media Director as Conservative Campaign Manager – October 2017
Hamish Marshall was a director of Rebel Media. He previously served as Scheer’s leadership campaign manager and now serves as the Conservative campaign manager for the 2019 election.
Scheer Refuses to Denounce Rebel Media After Host Expresses Support for White Supremacists – August 15, 2017
During the Unite the Right event, where one person was killed, Rebel Media host Faith Goldy expressed sympathy for white supremacist ideas. Scheer remained silent on the matter. This is an excerpt from the National Observer:
The leader of Canada’s Conservative party declined to comment on Tuesday as at least three members of his caucus, including the deputy leader, moved to distance themselves from a far right website facing denunciations and resignations over its coverage of a deadly white supremacist rally.
The silence from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer came after he had previously condemned acts of racism, violence and hatred following a violent confrontation involving white supremacists and other extremists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday that left Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who was protesting racism, dead.
Conservative Senator Denise Batters Appears With White Supremacist Faith Goldy – May 29, 2017
Scheer Gives Interview to Rebel Media Host Brian Lilley – May 29, 2017
Scheer Gives Interview to White Supremaicst Faith Goldy – May 28 2017
7 Conservative Leadership Candidates, Including Scheer, Gave Interviews to Anti-Islamist Commentator Now Charged With a Hate Crime
According to the Toronto Star:
Some federal Conservative leadership contenders have given interviews to a self-proclaimed online journalist who regularly posts accolades to the superiority of white people, along with diatribes against immigration in general and Muslims in particular.
Video of those largely anodyne interviews appear on Kevin J. Johnston’s YouTube channel, FreedomReport.ca, alongside more inflammatory video rants — including one in which Johnston warns Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, author of a motion condemning Islamophobia, that he’ll be there “with a big, fat smile” to film the moment when she’s shot by a “gun nut.”
Over 25% of Conservative MPs Have Appeared on Rebel Media
An analysis by PressProgress showed that 25% of Conservative MPs appeared on Rebel Media, including Andrew Scheer, Kellie Leitch, Tony Clement, Candice Bergen, Brad Trost, Maxime Bernier, Blaine Calkins, Peter Kent, Pierre Pollievre and Erin O’Toole.
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