Defence Minister Peter MacKay has vetoed the speech from a controversial Islamic group because of its "extremist views."
Imam Dr. Zijad Delic, the national executive director of the Canadian Islamic Congress, was to speak at an internal event at Department of National Defence headquarters Monday.
A spokesman for MacKay said when the minister learned of the CIC's participation in the Islamic Heritage Month event, he pulled the plug "based on extremist views promulgated by the Canadian Islamic Congress."
"The Canadian Islamic Congress has declared that Israelis over the age of 18 are legitimate targets of suicide bombers," wrote Jay Paxton, MacKay's director of communications, in an e-mail. "These types of comments don't support Islamic Heritage, they simply divide Canadians, promulgate hate and they have no place in Monday's celebrations."
Without Delic's speech, Monday's event will focus on the "evolution of Islam" in the Canadian Forces, Paxton said, and the "positive contribution" of Canada's muslim community to Canadian society. ............
However, Hon. MacKay, do you think that pampering one group of Canadians, AND ONE GROUP ONLY ALL THE TIME, will mitigate the hurt felt by other Canadians? I have never heard of a Hindu Heritage Month, or a Buddhist Heritage Month, or a Jewish Heritage Month or a Christian Heritage Month being celebrated anywhere, leave alone inside the DND.
Do you think that Canadian Hindus from India, Indonesia, BanglaDesh, Pakistan, Nepal, SriLanka and the Canadian Buddhists from Nepal, China, S.Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Macao and the Canadian Jews from all over the world and the Canadian Christians from all over the world don't have any heritage to speak of ??
No more pampering please of the moslem community. The rest of us have had enough of this one way street.