TORONTO – The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) has sharply criticized Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for endorsing Canada’s leading Islamist group, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organisation that has endorsed polygamy and supported the introduction of Sharia Law in Canada.
On Friday, July 12, Mr. Trudeau was the guest at ISNA Canada, the local branch of the U.S.-based Islamist group ISNA. In 2007 ISNA was listed by the U.S. Justice Department as “an unindicted co-conspirator” in the Texas Terror Funding trial where all the accused were later convicted on all charges.
“We are deeply disappointed that Justin Trudeau’s continues to appease known Islamist organisations that not only have a tainted record in the United States, but who are known proponents of Sharia Law in Canada,” said Mumtaz Khan, president of the MCC in a statement today. “They openly campaigned in 2004-5 for the introduction of Sharia laws in Ontario’s Family Law system,” he added.
Khan said “In December last year, Trudeau spoke at another gathering of Islamists in Toronto. That conference was initially sponsored by IRFAN-Canada, a group Canada Revenue Agency maintains ‘is an integral part of an international fundraising effort to support Hamas’ and has ‘maintained partnerships’ with organizations that have direct ties to Hamas.”
Although IRFAN-Canada’s name was dropped at the last minute, Trudeau went ahead and spoke to the gathering that exemplified gender apartheid that is practiced in some parts of the Muslim community, added the MCC president.
In addition, in 2011, ISNA Canada was involved in a financial scandal when the Toronto Star revealed “mismanagement of more than $600,000”. The report followed a scathing 2010 audit of ISNA Canada, which said a “very small portion [of collected charity] is distributed to the poor and needy and the major portion is spent on the administration of the centre.” One senior Muslim journalist described the operations of ISNA Canada as being run as a “daddy’s rice plantation in the Punjab.”
The president of the MCC has urged Canadian leaders to exercise due diligence before they lend credibility to Islamist groups who are known to have links with Saudi institutions, and who adhere to the doctrines of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Chasing vote banks while being blind to who they validate is a very risky path to take for Canadian politicians,” said Mumtaz Khan.
“We are asking Mr. Trudeau to stop taking the advise of his Saudi-born aide and stop pandering to Islamist groups who refuse to renounce the doctrine of armed jihad and who are on record of having received funding from Saudi sources,” added the MCC president.
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