Candice Malcolm: Monsef travelled to Iran on religious pilgrimage

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef travelled to Iran using a religious pilgrimage visa and an Afghan passport. 

Nearly two weeks after questions were first put to Monsef about her extensive travel to Afghanistan and Iran in 2010, 2013 and 2014, her office has finally released a detailed statement, exclusive to the Sun.

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Candice Malcolm: Monsef said she wanted to keep Iran trip 'hush-hush'

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Despite finally being open about it on Tuesday, Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef wanted to keep her recent trip to Iran and Afghanistan “hush-hush,” according to an interview she did after returning to Canada in 2014.

In a YouTube interview with Mike Judson, dated December 6, 2014, Judson said “you had just done a visit back to Afghanistan, and it was kind of hush-hush.”

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October 25th, 2016: Looking Back

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Not only has Maryam Monsef been silent about her ongoing scandal, but she is also failing to do her job as the Democratic Institutions Minister.

Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau was criticized for “flip-flopping” on his commitment to overhaul Canada’s electoral system. When asked if he was backtracking on his promise, Trudeau said “it’s a challenge to find consensus among a broad spectrum of public opinion”. This should come as a surprise to Canadians, as the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, failed to include any insights from the town halls she has hosted across the country. Furthermore, Ms. Monsef didn’t even appear at committee, despite a motion asking her to submit summaries of her findings. 

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Candice Malcolm: Monsef's recent Iran visit strange and troubling

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Maryam Monsef says she visited Iran in 2014. Travelling to Iran, however, is no easy feat. Especially for a person carrying a Canadian passport.

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Candice Malcolm: Monsef visit to Iran raises questions

(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

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Liberal MP Maryam Monsef tried to move back to Afghanistan in 2014. Instead she visited Iran where she was encouraged to run for office here in Canada.

This is according to a French-language profile in Le Devoir written well before it was revealed Monsef was born in Iran, not Afghanistan as she claims she’s always believed.

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Candice Malcolm: "No, Canadians aren’t racist — just sensible"

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

When it comes to immigration, elites don’t seem to trust Canadians to hold the right opinions.

They’re paranoid. They think we’re all secretly racist, waiting for an opportunity to pick up a pitchfork and chase immigrants we see out of town.

And the CBC has given these elites more reason to look down their noses at everyday people.

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October 19th, 2016: Looking Back

What's happening in Canada and around the world? 

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Candice Malcolm: Monsef’s silence makes us dig deeper

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Ten months ago, I wrote a column commending Maryam Monsef. I praised her as an exemplarity Canadian and a model refugee.

Like many Canadians, I was impressed by her story – an Afghan refugee who experienced personal tragedy and great hardship, escaped hell-on-earth, and made it to Canada. Not only did she find a better life here, she excelled and became a leader in her community.

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Candice Malcolm: "Monsef case raises security concerns"

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Canadians are still left wondering about key details in the Maryam Monsef controversy.

Unanswered questions go beyond the details of Monsef’s early life in Iran and Afghanistan.

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October 12th, 2016 - Looking Back

What's happening in Canada and around the world? 

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