Jagmeet Singh coverage an extreme double standard on extremism - 2018-03-21

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F94.png Jagmeet Singh coverage an extreme double standard on extremism March 21, 2018, Azeezah Kanji, Opinion, Toronto Star

The media's trial of Jagmeet Singh for alleged "extremism" exposes an extreme double standard. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's associations with extremism were routinely ignored: from his role in establishing the pro-apartheid Northern Foundation, whose speaker roster included neo-Nazi Paul Fromm, in 1988; to his inclusion of a representative from the Jewish Defence League, labelled a "right-wing terrorist group" by the FBI in 2001, on a taxpayer-funded trip to Israel in 2014.

During Harper's tenure as Prime Minister, "a militant charismatic fringe [of Christian nationalists] … gained influence out of all proportion to its numerical heft," as former Maclean's Washington bureau chief Marci McDonald documented in her book The Armageddon Factor.

"Not only [did] it help to reshape foreign policy, the public service and the courts," noted McDonald, but "it [threw] its weight behind a range of socially conservative policies that it regards as prerequisites to remaking Canada as a distinctly Christian nation" — even while "media failed to pick up the clues to its increasing influence."

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