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