Federal jobs program gives funding to hate preacher's group

A Canada Summer Jobs grant recipient participated in a rally dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

Using the politicized Canada Summer Jobs grant, the Trudeau government recently gave funding to a controversial hate preacher who’s the subject of a criminal complaint.

The Islamic Humanitarian Service in Kitchener, Ont., was approved by the Trudeau government to receive the grant in 2018, according to the government’s public registry of approved organizations.

This organization is also in the news this week following its participation in the racist and hateful al-Quds Day rally held on June 9. Al-Quds is an annual march, started by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s radical Mullahs, dedicated to the destruction of the world’s only Jewish country.

The march frequently features anti-Semitic speeches and chants, and some rally-goers wave terrorist flags and show their open support for jihadist organizations like Hezbollah.

One of the largest and most radical rallies takes place each year in Toronto, on the grounds of Queen’s Park. This year’s rally caught the attention of Ontario’s premier-designate Doug Ford, who denounced the rally as “racist” and “anti-Semitic.”

“Our government will take action to ensure that events like Al Quds Day, which calls for the killing of an entire civilian population in Israel, are no longer part of the landscape in Ontario,” Ford said on Twitter.

As reported by the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington, human rights organization B’nai Brith filed a police complaint over the al-Quds rally, specifically pointing to a troubling speech by Sheikh Shafiq Huda.

Huda, who is a cleric at the Islamic Humanitarian Service, delivered a fiery speech where he called for the fall of what he called “the American and Zionist empires.” The Muslim hate preacher went even further, calling for the “eradication” of Israelis and Zionists.

According to a YouTube posting of the recent al-Quds Day rally, Huda insists “its not a matter of Semitism or anti-Semitism. It’s a matter that the government of Israel — the state of Israel — has committed acts that no other country and no other nation … has committed.  Against innocents. Against children. Against the vulnerable. Against the elderly.”

Following his genocidal speech, Quebec Conservative MP Steven Blaney stated in the House of Commons that Huda’s remarks at the rally were “in clear violation of the Criminal Code.”

According to Canada’s Criminal Code, Section 319 (1), “every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”

The Trudeau government has politicized the Canada Summer Jobs program this year, by demanding that all groups sign an attestation to promote and uphold Liberal values.

Organizations must pledge that “both the job and (the) organization’s core mandate” respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, specifically the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of “religion, race, national or ethnic origin.”

The Islamic Humanitarian Service would have been required to sign this attestation in order to qualify. Based on the comments of its Sheik, however, it doesn’t appear that the organization is committed to Canadian values or upholding equal rights.

The Islamic Humanitarian Service in Kitchener did not immediately respond to the Sun’s questions about whether they signed the attestation, whether they are committed to the Charter, and whether there will be any repercussions against Huda for his hateful comments at the al-Quds rally.

Trudeau’s controversial attestation has caused a reported 1,600 organizations – mostly Christian-based organizations and charities – to be rejected from receiving grant money through this federal program.

As reported by the Sun, several controversial Islamic organizations, including those with a history of support for terrorism as well as hateful anti-gay remarks, have been approved to receive funding by the Trudeau government.