Conservatives rally around Cooper over 'goat herder' controversy, as Trudeau attacks - 2019-06-19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer needs to address intolerance in his party after one of his opposition MPs was accused of being disrespectful to Muslims for the second time in a month.
Trudeau was addressing a recent allegation made by two lawyers — both former law school classmates of Conservative MP Michael Cooper — that Cooper disparaged "goat herder cultures" during a discussion about Islam's compatibility with Canadian democracy when he was a law student at the University of Alberta a decade ago.
Cooper, MP for the Alberta riding of St. Albert-Edmonton, has denied making the comment in his law school class, saying his part in the discussion was being mischaracterized. The two lawyers made the allegation after Cooper had to apologize for berating a Muslim anti-racism activist during a parliamentary committee hearing late last month.