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Stéphane Dion, Multicultural vote

Courting the terrorist vote

By Klaus Rohrich

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The killing of the anti-terror provisions in the House of Commons by Stéphane Dion and his Liberals this week has marked a new low point in what the Liberals are prepared to do in order to attain power. And it is one of those things that's going to come back to bite them in the ass, as a terrorist act against Canada is long overdue. One is given to wonder to how far Dion will go in order to woo that oh-so-important multicultural vote.

Consider that two weeks ago an Environics poll was published by the CBC, which showed that 73% of Canadian Muslims were happy with their life in Canada, which is the good news. The bad news is that the poll also revealed that 12% of Canadian Muslims thought that a terrorist attack on Canada would be justified. You know, the sort of terrorist attack that includes beheading the Prime Minister and blowing up Parliament.

Of course, the CBC found an academic at York University who thought that the 12% figure was "negligible" and who felt that 12% didn't really "warrant attention". The professor, Haideh Moghissi, had to be a sociologist as clearly math wasn't her forte if she believes that 12% is negligible. And maybe Stéphane Dion went to the same University as Prof. Moghissi, as he must also think 12% is negligible when he asserts that Canadians want a leader who can fight terrorism and protect people's right with "determination", rather than laws.

Let's put 12% in perspective. If you see a mini van with 8 Muslims, then statistically one of those 8 believes that it's okay to commit a terrorist act against Canada. Given that currently there are some 700,000 Muslims Canadians, then statistically 84,000 believe that it's okay to commit a terrorist act against Canada.

It only took 19 hijackers to kill 3,000 innocents on 9/11.

It's becoming so painfully obvious that much of what passes for politics in Canada rightly falls under the heading of corruption, at least that's how I see it when the common good is sacrificed to special interests. Let there be no mistake that Dion's desire to have the anti-terrorism laws softened is all about satisfying some special interests. We also have no shortage of special interests with whom the Liberals have been in bed for nearly two decades.

I'm sure that there are numerous Sikhs, Muslims and Tamils who are delighted that the Liberals voted against extending the Anti-Terrorism Act. It's likely that there is a huge sigh of relief among some Sikhs, as the expiration of this act also means that there will be no further Air India Investigation, which was the worst terrorist act in Canada's history.

The pattern here is clear. The Liberals appear to be much more willing to help protect special ethnic, cultural or religious interests within Canada, than they are in protecting Canada against terrorism. Whether it is Jean Chretien convincing the government of Pakistan to release Ahmed Said Khadr, The Canadian Al Qaeda terrorist accused of bombing the Egyptian embassy in Karachi, or Paul Martin and Maria Minna attending Tamil Tiger fundraisers or Stéphane Dion voting to end an anti-terrorism law that might have helped solve the Air India bombing, the Liberals are always looking out for their friends. Or at least those friends capable of delivering large blocks of ethnic votes.

During the Liberal leadership debates Dion was whining, "it's not easy to prioritize" when he was called to account for his performance as minister of the environment under Jean Chretien. I think Dion was being disingenuous. He knows perfectly well where his priorities lie and it's clear they are not in securing this nation from terrorists.

Who says this is a renewed Liberal Party?