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What’s with Islamophobia in Quebec?

By Phil Gurski      

By engaging in discriminatory practices against an entire community for the sins of a tiny part, it forces that majority to circle the wagons out of a sense of self protection. This has serious implications for any collaboration and cooperation between Quebec Muslims and those agencies tasked with investigating real threats, such as CSIS and the RCMP.

Alexandre Bissonnette, who suffers with mental illness for years and wanted to kill, murdered six Muslim men in a Québec City mosque in January 2017. Phil Gurski writes racism is racism and has no part in Canada. 'Let’s not bury our heads in the sand over this.'

OTTAWA—“Islam should be banned like we ban pit bulls.” You read that right. This was a Twitter post by an erstwhile candidate for the Parti Québeécois in the upcoming Quebec election. Suffice it to say he is no longer on the PQ slate. But let me repeat what he wrote: “Islam should be banned like we ban pit bulls.”  Wow. It is hard to say anything about that beyond disgust that someone would (a) actually think this and (b) actually Tweet it. Talk about a career killer.

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