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Scheer says Conservatives welcome Muslims





Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his party welcomes Muslims and he’s glad they’re part of Canadian society.

“My message is that the Conservative Party is an inclusive party, that welcomes the contributions of people of the Muslim faith, and I’m glad that they make up our cultural fabric,” said Scheer, in response to questions from National Observer at an Ottawa press conference.

“The Conservative Party, myself, and Members of Parliament, whenever hateful acts are committed against any group, we denounce those.”

Scheer, MP for the federal riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle, made the comments after a series of attacks on the Muslim community in Canada, including a defaced Quran and offensive messages sent to the mosque where six people were shot dead in January, a town nearby voting to block a Muslim cemetery, and racist signs posted in Saguenay.

A day earlier, Scheer had tweeted that “the people who sent the package to the Quebec Islamic Centre must be brought to justice. Cowardly acts of hatred have no place in Canada.”

The Conservative leadership team was unveiled July 20, 2017 in Ottawa and includes, from left to right: House leader Candice Bergen, deputy House leader Chris Warkentin, leader Andrew Scheer, Quebec lieutenant Alain Rayes, deputy leader Lisa Raitt and chief whip Mark Strahl. Photo by Alex Tétreault

Khadr payout attack not anti-Muslim: Scheer

Scheer’s comments welcoming Muslims follow criticism from other federal parties that Conservatives have stirred up anti-Muslim sentiment through “irresponsible” statements and policies, such as a Tory proposal during the 2015 election campaign to create a police hotline for Canadians to report “barbaric cultural practices.”

Some high-profile critics have also warned that recent complaints about the Trudeau government’s decision to make a $10.5 million payout to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr are stoking intolerance in the population.

Toronto-based legal analyst Azeezah Kanji, writing in the Toronto Star, has linked the “outraged reaction to Canada’s settlement agreement with Omar Khadr” to “the demonization of Muslims.”

And Mahar Arar, who was detained and tortured and who has received his own payout and apology from Canada, tweeted days earlier that “the uproar created by Omar’s haters is not about his innocence or guilt. It’s rather a mixture of political opportunism & bigotry/racism.”

Scheer and other Conservatives this month have rejected the reported $10.5 million settlement with Khadr, who also received an apology that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said was because his Charter rights were violated.

On Thursday, Scheer continued to reject the payout. “Canadians don’t stand behind this issue,” he said. His caucus has also drummed up criticism of the payout in U.S. news sources. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel appeared on Fox News while MP Peter Kent wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, both lambasting the Liberal government over the payout.

Scheer rejected the idea that Conservatives were targeting the Khadr payout over his Muslim faith.

“That’s ridiculous,” he said.

“The objections to the Omar Khadr payout have nothing to do with his background. They have everything to do with his actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan and the fact that he has already received compensation,” said Scheer.

“That is where that begins; that is where that ends.”

Conservative MP Lisa Raitt, who was named deputy leader on July 20, 2017 in Ottawa, said she wanted to bring the Conservative message to Atlantic Canada, where the party was shut out in 2015. Photo by Alex Tétreault

Raitt to be deputy leader

Scheer, who was elected to lead the Conservatives in May, made the remarks at an event unveiling his leadership team.

Scheer announced that Milton, Ont. MP Lisa Raitt will be his deputy leader, a party’s second-in-command and the most senior elected position after Scheer.

“Lisa brings a wealth of experience in the private sector, and is a strong advocate for her constituents in Milton,” said Scheer. He said he was “struck by Lisa’s ability to connect with Canadians.”

Raitt said she wanted to help bring the Conservative message to Ontario and to Atlantic Canada, where she has roots as a native Cape Bretoner. The Conservative Party has no representation in Atlantic Canada in the House of Commons, following the 2015 election when the Liberals captured all 32 seats.

Candice Bergen, seen here July 20 in Ottawa, will be the Conservative House leader. The Portage-Lisgar MP will manage day-to-day strategy in the House of Commons. Photo by Alex Tétreault

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen, from Manitoba, will be the Conservative House leader, which manages day-to-day strategy in the House of Commons.

Scheer also named Richmond-Arthabaska MP Alain Rayes to be his Quebec political lieutenant, the leader’s primary stickhandler for Quebec affairs. Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl, from British Columbia, will be Scheer’s chief whip, in charge of trying to ensure that the Tory caucus votes along party lines.



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27 Thoughts to “Scheer says Conservatives welcome Muslims”

  1. DEBBIE MARIE

    fuck you scheer, y ou are being paid by saudi, you fucking turn coat

  2. Jeff Wilkinson

    I guess us Canadians can stay home on election day. Doesn’t look we have a Canadian leader in the race for prime minister.

  3. Louise Paquette

    stop this identity politics ! enough of liberal fascism !!

  4. Chaz Martel

    Idiots.You are being manipulated by ‘agent provocateurs’ in your own midst. Focus on getting rid of Trudeau. After Trudeau is gone, then you can focus on Scheer’s replacement if you still consider it necessary.,

  5. Andy

    There are some unscrupulous elements who are hell bent on stoking flames of division. They keep echoing the narratives that have no bearing to our primary goal, which is to kick Trudeau and his Liberal party out. This kind of divisive trend is what the opposition wants and we should not fall for it. Voting Conservative is the only way out of the mess we have found ourselves. If you don’t want to vote for Scheer, then are you going to vote for Trudeau or the NDP? Of what use is announcing it here? Andrew is far much better. He brings realistic common sense to issues. The truth is that there are lots conservative members who are muslims. We all have to be aware of that.

  6. Todd

    YOU fool you just lost thousands of votes

  7. Cate

    Stop getting sucked into the propaganda……there is zero question that turdo must go! That means vote scheer, after scheer is in, we can focus on changing the leader…..chill people chill!WE MUST VOTE SCHEER, NO OTHER CHOICE….DONT LET THE PROPAGANDA MACHINES DIVIDE CONSERVATIVE…..VOTE CONSERVATIVE NO MATTER WHAT!

  8. Marie

    Doesn’t matter who you vote for they are all the same paid puppets.

  9. Kathy

    Marie. You’re dead wrong. Yes it does matter who we vote for. That vote must go to
    Andrew Sheer. NOT TRUDEAU
    NOT MAXINE.
    VOTE IN SHEER

  10. Kathy

    Wake up Debbie. No he isn’t getting paid. Omg
    You believe anything it’s obvious.
    Trudeau must go. Maxine is trying to take votes away from sheer. We can not have that.
    Vote sheer in
    Vote Trudeau out
    End of Story.

  11. Jim Morrisey

    That top story? About Scheer welcoming Muslims. I am not arguing it, but others are arguing with it on my group. I would like to know where that story came from. Is there a corresponding video or any other information to help prove that? Please let me know, so I can get some answers. Thank you from Jim.

  12. art

    vote the libertarian party of canada, it all you got left now

  13. Ruth Shuster

    Beware of what you read about Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party from now until Election Day next year. This is going to a dirty fight. You must pick your winner and stay with him through out. Andrew Scheer is my winner and I will be very cautious about what the media and the trolls have to say about him. I think the media is having a hard time trying to find some dirt about him. For our Countries sake…stay loyal to the true Conservatives.

  14. Owen Nicholson

    There are no true conservatives. We must vote for Sheer to get rid of turdo but then we must purge the con party of all the reds. Then we pray that some true blue Tories will come out of the woodwork and start working for this country instead of doing whatever they think they need to to be in power. There are only a handful of the current crop of MPs who actually believe in con values.

  15. Richard Courtemanche

    What else can he say? He certainly can’t alienate them before an election! Although I’m not sure how much he’ll do to save our identity and values.

  16. Distressed voter

    I am not going to vote fir Scheer based on his welcome mat is much like trudeaus. If you don’t plan to protect our country from Muslims you just may be a problem. There goes my vote! Seems politicians are all for Muslims over true canadians. I’m done!

  17. Boon

    i think he’s trying to get justin’s votes away from him, so we can get rid of the asshat.

  18. Brenda Deverill

    So many of us will do almost anything to rid ourselves of our manic, mentally unstable PM we have been saddled with. I will not be threatened by warnings to vote for XXXX otherwise I am voting for the LIBS. This is a shameful way to gain votes. To be true to my values I will ultimately vote for the party which shares my values or at least most of them. If everyone did that and not worry about vote splitting we could have a PM with the values and morals we used to cherish.

  19. Rick Anderson

    Scheer is and the CPC in it’s current form are liberals, it’s just that simple.

    I hate the idea of a vote split, but Bernier is really the only right wing option now.

    he has my vote until Scheer grows a pair

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