Former PM Harper offers help on trade, but staying ‘neutral’ in UK Tory race

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/former-pm-harper-offers-help-on-trade-but-staying-neutral-in-uk-tory-race-1.4488746?fbclid=IwAR27WlAUmAayPmuiIzJqNFXIf3PXqk7tlOd78tvJwPKY-r8JvLmUTyTmTho

“There is a genocide going on”: Nigerian Christians describe atrocities by Muslim group

JUNE 30, 2019  BY ROBERT SPENCER

And the world yawns, because the victims are Christians, and Christians are not classified among the political and media elites’ favored victim groups.

“Nigerians describe horrors of Fulani atrocities: ‘There is a genocide going on,’” by Samuel Smith, Christian Post, June 14, 2019:

WASHINGTON — Nigerians from predominantly Christian tribes in Nigeria visited the United States this week to share how their tribes are now “homeless” and “sleeping under the skies” after recent massacres at the hands of Fulani radicals and unwanted actions taken by the government.

Two members from the Adara community, a majority Christian ethnic group in Southern Kaduna state, shared their experiences during a panel event sponsored by the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation that also featured persecuted Nigerians from other parts of the country.

Alheri Magaji, the daughter of the current leader of the Adara Chiefdom, told the audience about how her ethnic group suffered vicious attacks carried out from mid-February through April this year that left about 400 dead and displaced thousands in her community.

“Right now my tribe is nonexistent legally,” Magaji explained. “Part of the reason why I am here is to try to get my land back. That is who I am. That is my identity. That is what makes me. My people are stranded. They are literally sleeping under the skies on the floor [with] no houses, no food, nothing. It is not about relief materials and how much we can donate. It’s about holding the government accountable.”

As previously reported, a series of Fulani attacks were carried out in Adara communities in the Kajuru local government area in a span of a few weeks by suspected Fulani radicals. Along with the hundreds of lives taken, countless buildings were burned and destroyed.

Fulani herdsmen, many of which are Muslim, are a nomadic ethnic group found in West and Central Africa. While conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria has been ongoing for decades, Magaji and other panelists explained that attacks launched by Fulani radicals in the last few years are more atrocious than the farmer-herder conflicts that came before.

“I spoke to a woman whose limbs were cut off. She had four kids and was nine months pregnant,” Magaji recalled. “Fulani herdsmen came to a Kajuru town in February, about 400 of them with AK-47s. They came at around 6:30 a.m. They spoke Adara. They came in with war songs. They were singing songs that translate into ‘the owners of the land have come. It’s time for settlers to leave.’”

“We have 2-month-old babies, 6-month-old babies, babies in the bellies turned from their mother’s womb and slaughtered like animals, like chickens,” she continued. “We are here today to beg the U.S. government and for the world to hear our story.”

By the time the series of Fulani attacks occurred this past spring, the Adara tribe had already been pushed into a state of uncertainty. Magaji said last May that the Kaduna government passed a measure to split the Adara chiefdom and create a Fulani Muslim emirate in Kajuru.

The Adara community detested such a proposal. Magaji added that the Adara chief was kidnapped last Oct. 19 and murdered about a week later even though a ransom was paid for his release.

“It was when the chief died that the elders in our land realized that the governor … [said that] Adara Christians are now under a Muslim Hausa-Fulani emirate,” she explained. “It is so ridiculous that it was already signed into law and nobody knew about it. For a governor to make that kind of law in the first place without the people of the land knowing about it is illegal and unjust.”

Magaji said that the elders of her community tried to pressure the government but “nobody would listen.”

“When they realized that nobody was going to listen to them, they took the matter to court,” she explained. “A week after the civil case started in court, my dad and eight other elders were arrested and thrown into prison for no reason.”

Magaji said the state government blamed the Adara elders for the death of 66 Fulani herdsmen that were killed in February 2019.

“The problem we have with the statement the governor made is that on the 10th of February, 11 Adarra people were killed,” she said. “The government didn’t say anything about it even when the leaders of the community officially made statements.”…

Magaji fears that the Adara tribe will end up going “extinct.”

“The government takes over and does whatever it wants to do,” she added. “It’s a plan that if it is not [halted] right now, it’s going to be terrible for the world at large. There is a genocide going on. Every morning we wake up to different stories.”..

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/06/there-is-a-genocide-going-on-nigerian-christians-describe-atrocities-by-muslim-group?fbclid=IwAR2CPfhL4dw6xvnx2FDnS9Vh2g-gjim4cxQbhFYyfd05jANJg__t8dxAtts

NEW: Must Watch Exposé Of The Muslim Brotherhood With Key Organization Leaders

Salim Mansur

8 hrs · 

Please read this Townhall column and watch the embedded video on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

This video is 15 minutes in length and very effective.

Going on to nearly twenty years after 9/11, the West continues to be doing head in the sand routine with the MB. In Canada, as in much of Europe, the mainstream parties and the media continue to be in full appeasement mode of the MB.

We Canadians, who understand where appeasement of MB, a global totalitarian movement disguised as a religion, finally leads everyone to, as we have witnessed before, have a duty and an obligation to our country and to our children.

We need to promise to ourselves, as Canadians, that we turn this 2019 election into a referendum on Globalism and Islamism — that we reject any and all forms of appeasement when it comes to the MB and its various tentacles in our society, and that we reject any party in this election that continue to be delusional about MB and its objectives.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/06/28/muslim-brotherhood-video-n2549204?fbclid=IwAR0juHnxJaEngayEtgIuglaK9Q7euyul9pbEY34gKrP-j8UlEKpF5vEAiUo

David M. Haskell: Attacks on Freedom of Conscience & Speech in Canada

Arwen~ Canadians especially need to watch this…highly recommend!

David M. Haskell

Published on Jun 28, 2019

Showing how Canadians’ freedom of conscience and speech has been eroded under Trudeau’s Liberals, David M. Haskell discusses the People’s Party’s plan for restoring those fundamental freedoms. The Liberals’ abortion attestation, Bill C-16, M -103, and other issues are also highlighted as is Andrew Scheer’s refusal to stand up for conservatives’ right to free expression.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0mYyPZfFA4&feature=share

Rex Murphy: Canada was built — and on July 1, we celebrate that inheritance

On our nation’s birthday, let’s give thanks for the labours and love of all those preceding generations which brought us to Canada 2019

A family enjoys Canada Day fireworks in Napanee, Ont., on July 1, 2018.Meghan Balogh/Postmedia News


Rex Murphy

June 28, 2019

It’s the July 1st Canada Day weekend. It should be a great time.

I presume our government is agreeable to the idea of celebrating the country it heads. That caution springs from the tepid and uninspiring performance it gave on the landmark occasion of our 150th anniversary. Any other nation, at peace, prosperous, with an earned reputation for good will in foreign relations and moderation at home, would have put on a show to shame Olympic spectacles and blasted Hosannas to the globe.

But either through a kind of careless meekness or perhaps a vague fear of being too showily patriotic (an emotion many shun as unenlightened these days) the government turned what should have been a birthday party for the ages into a frigid pantomime, something with less buzz than an after-party for the Geminis or (shudder) the annual Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner. Hardly a few have noted the Raptors’ (a team staffed by Americans, winning an American title) recent victory party as the “real” celebration we didn’t have two years back. A columnist in “the other place” put it very finely: “Everyone was feeling part of something big. Canada’s 150th birthday was a church tea compared with this blowout.”

Toronto Raptors fans wave to players on open-top buses during a parade through downtown Toronto to celebrate their NBA title, on June 17, 2019. Dan Hamilton/USA Today

Will it be better this time? We’ll see.

The official celebrations are announced as revolving around the now familiar — or too familiar — triune of “multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.” Which is fine as far as it goes, though a careful reading of these three rhetorical epaulets will reveal each is a function of the other and the three are conceptually but one. A deeper consideration might suggest that to locate or identify these particular three attitudes or virtues as synonymous with Canada, or the central feature of Canadian identity, is a self-regarding delusion. Is Toronto meaningfully more diverse than London or New York?

A high-sounding regard for diversity and inclusion is now the banner boast of most Western countries, and some not of the West. The same is true of every bland corporate mission statement, and virtually every muttering from our universities is crowded with numb prose professing their unshakeable devotion to “a diverse environment” and an “inclusive approach” to whatever it is they are misteaching these days. In other words, far from “owning” diversity and inclusion and their parent multiculturalism, or from all three being distinctly and exclusively Canadian, they have become more or less virtue sign-posts in everything from advertising and social media to institutions of every pretentious stripe over half the globe.

The “Fathers of Confederation” are seen in a photograph from the Charlottetown Conference of September 1864, which set in motion Canada’s Confederation. Library and Archives Canada

So if we are going to celebrate Canada’s birthday, let’s consider grounding the celebrations in the present actualities of the country, of the land, people and common culture, and, even more, in the labours and love of all those preceding generations that brought us to Canada 2019.

We’re only in a position where we can effuse about our superior virtues, because absent our comforts, absent our wealth, absent our security, earlier Canadians offered their “blood, toil, tears and sweat” to labours beyond our capacity, and in conditions we will (hopefully) never taste, in fashioning this country. They were as much the artisans of our present good fortune as those craftsmen who worked in stone, ages before there was a Canada, to give Europe its cathedrals.

They were as much the artisans of our present good fortune as those craftsmen who worked in stone 

It was they who delivered the heritage of accomplishment for which on every July 1st we give thanks for, they who evolved the civil code, that manner we have in dealing with and thinking of our fellow Canadians, that we take such pride in. The latter-day penchant for frequent historical apologies is troublesome, especially if it is not at least occasionally played against the recognition of how much of the mixed past was right and honourable. In fact, we might ask how much of this apologetic streak is built on the arrogant presumption that if it had been “us” back then — us being the tolerant and inclusive and enlightened Canadians of 2019 — we could never have acted like “them.” Here’s a thought: them are us.

We could do with a dose of modesty about our current progressive moment, and a little more reverence, or at least respect, to the many, many moments that preceded it.

Amy and Eddie Phillipo walk their dogs past Canada Day signs in London, Ont.’s Pond Mills neighbourhood on June 27, 2019. Mike Hensen/Postmedia News

A Canada Day celebration, thoughtfully conceived, would be something of a festival of thanksgiving for all the good things, brave actions and enduring fortitude it took to bring Canada to its 21st-century heights. It would, naturally, count our heroes, but fix equally on the nameless labourers, farmers, loggers, traders, fishermen, and emphatically the mothers of our pioneers. How greatly the women of early Canada, with all the challenges and deprivations of their time, helped knit our common values and inspirited our civic ethos, is beyond measurement, but it is not therefore beyond present day regard and celebration.

We could do with a dose of modesty about our current progressive moment 

Diversity is a fine thing in itself, but it is nothing without a precedent commonality — what some might call a core identity. Canada Day is a day for the all of us, for the elements we share in common, for the endeavours and themes that bind us as a country. Our current fixation on groups and sub-groups, on sexual and political and ethnic divisions and subdivisions, on portioning out rights based on various and multiplying identity factions (a product of multiculturalism that is ironically the very contradiction of it) weakens and is even hostile to genuine commonality. What unites a citizenry is all the more important for a country when its constituent elements are so various and disparate.

The City of Edmonton celebrates Canada Day on July 1, 2018, with a spectacular fireworks display. Sharif Bayzid/Postmedia News

Nothing comes from nothing, as Lear, trembling toward dotage, remarked. Twenty-first-century Canada did not just fall from the air. It did not arrive out of a void. It was built, built over time, with millions of unrecorded transactions and interactions, conscious and unconscious, from farm to Parliament. The nation is a sum product of all that went before the present moment, or, as we should say more elegantly, an inheritance. And it is the inheritance we celebrate on Canada Day.

All of our celebrated national composure, the tolerance and regard for our neighbours, the ambition to set an example to the world, that is an inheritance, too, a moral inheritance that constitutes — there is no need to fear the phrase — the soul of this country. Canada is, despite all flaws and faults, more bent towards good than its opposite, more given to generosity than meanness, capable of a fitting remorse for sins past, but mindful that the larger entries in the ledger go to the finer side of things. Happy Canada Day.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-canada-was-built-and-on-july-1-we-celebrate-that-inheritance

GOLDSTEIN: Scheer and Conservatives running scared

Lorrie Goldstein

Published:June 28, 2019

Salim Mansur (Sun files)

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is not going to win the Oct. 21 election if he’s running scared of Liberal fear-mongering about Islamophobia by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

An indication that’s happening is the party’s recent veto, without explanation, of Salim Mansur from seeking the Conservative nomination in London North Centre.

I’ve known Mansur for 15 years and was his editor when he was a longtime columnist for the Toronto Sun.

He’s a scholar and a gentleman, now retired, after a distinguished career of more than three decades as an associate professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario.

He has been a supporter of Canada’s conservative movement through its darkest hours — including the 1993 election when the Progressive Conservative party was reduced to two seats.

He ran for the Canadian Alliance in London West in 2000, losing to the Liberal incumbent, and supported the unite-the-right movement spearheaded by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.

Mansur’s speeches and published works have appeared widely, including his 2011 award-winning book, Delectable Lie: A liberal repudiation of multiculturalism, for which I wrote one of the cover blurbs, calling Mansur “a brilliant academic and thought-provoking journalist” who “explains what liberal democracy really means, and why the protection of individual rights that lies at its heart is under constant assault from the group think mentality of state-imposed multiculturalism.”

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Born in Calcutta, India, Mansur is a practising Muslim and a fierce critic of radical Islam.

He believes the damage Trudeau and the Liberals are doing to Canada through their support of “the twin forces of globalism and Islamism” must be reversed and that “we must not be intimidated by political correctness to express our hopes and fears for our country.”

“You and I as Conservatives” he wrote during his aborted campaign to win the Tory nomination, “disagree with Justin Trudeau and his Liberals in the manner in which they are ideologically motivated to change Canada, not for the better, nor in keeping true to those values that made our country an exemplar of civility and decency in a much-troubled world.”

He expressed concern in 2012 before Parliament’s committee on citizenship and immigration about “the flow of immigration into Canada from around the world, and in particular the flow from Muslim countries, mean(ing) a pouring in of numbers into a liberal society … from cultures at best non-liberal.”

He called this “an unprecedented challenge to liberal societies, such as ours, when there is no demand placed on immigrants any longer to assimilate into the founding liberal values of the country to which they have immigrated.”

Mansur, in my view, would have been an ideal candidate for the Conservatives in Liberal-held London Centre North, because he wasn’t running out of ego or expectation of easy victory. He was running because of his principles.

While there has been no official explanation for why the Conservative party hierarchy disqualified his candidacy, Mansur says he was told by senior party sources that the Scheer campaign was worried his record of speeches and writings would open him to attacks of Islamophobia by the Liberals and it didn’t want Scheer distracted by them.

The Conservative party declined comment when I contacted them about disqualifying Mansur.

Given their rejection, he’d be a natural for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party.

If that happens, it will be because the Conservative hierarchy lacks all conviction about what it claims are its political principles. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-scheer-and-conservatives-running-scared?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0egZ__bXUM7NsGvT2YvjtBuexOiNe3TtduInEjisOOofthSwTQiAPvWbM#Echobox=1561767697

Martel Speaks

“It is tempting to play the progressives/left/self regarding liberals at their own shallow little game and use their own methods to shut down their rantings, their unfunny and vicious comedy, their lectures: yes, it is tempting but sometimes it is better not to succumb to such temptation.

We are better than they are, with their thin skins; their forensically arrived at identities; their religious devotion to “diversity; their love of democracy when it serves their purpose but which become “populism” when it does not; and heir abuse of opponents when they are incapable of bringing cogent argument to the table..

We are better. We should not play them with their rules; we should park the tanks of our ideas on their lawns and cut them down to size without mercy or restraint, argument by argument, identity by identity, self assumed virtue by virtue. .

Arwen~ A very timely word and exhortation by Martel.