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Laith Marouf in 2010. © Provided by National Post Laith Marouf in 2010.  It appears to be getting increasingly hard to hold a political debate in Canada without one of the candidates being escorted away by security. This is a screenshot of video posted to Reddit in which Toronto mayoral candidate Reginald Tull jumped on a debate stage to yell at incumbent John Tory for a minute straight (Tull, for reasons that may now be obvious, was not invited to the debate). © Reddit It appears to be getting increasingly hard to hold a political debate in Canada without one of the candidates being escorted away by security. This is a screenshot of video posted to Reddit in which Toronto mayoral candidate Reginald Tull jumped on a debate stage to yell at incumbent John Tory for a minute straight (Tull, for reasons that may now be obvious, was not invited to the debate).

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Top Trudeau government officials have revealed that they knew for weeks that one of their anti-racism contractors was publicly calling for the death of Jews, but ministers still deigned to take action until the issue became a national news story.

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On Aug. 22, Diversity minister Ahmed Hussen publicly broke ties with Laith Marouf, an “anti-racism” trainer who has collected more than $600,000 in federal contracts since 2015.

Throughout that time, Marouf had been serially posting racial slurs and taunts to his public social media accounts. In one oft-cited Tweet, Marouf wrote in July 2021 that “Jewish White Supremacists” deserve only a “bullet to the head.” He also referred to Jews as “loud mouthed bags of human feces” who would eventually be purged from Palestine.

While Jews and Israelis got the brunt of Marouf’s online hate, he was also quick to throw racial slurs at any Black or Indigenous person he disagreed with, often preferring the insult “house slave.” In Quebec, Marouf is probably best known for a lengthy series of tweets in which he referred to Francophones as low-IQ “frogs” who speak an “ugly” language.

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Marouf’s chief employer, the Government of Canada, was also routinely referred to as “Apartheid Canada.”

 A June 2021 tweet in which Laith Marouf refers to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as leader of “Apartheid Canada.” By this point, Marouf had collected more than $400,000 in federal anti-racism contracts. © Twitter A June 2021 tweet in which Laith Marouf refers to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as leader of “Apartheid Canada.” By this point, Marouf had collected more than $400,000 in federal anti-racism contracts.

Hussen initially claimed to be blindsided by Marouf’s tweets, and a companion statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boasted that his government “took action quickly” over the revelations.

But it’s subsequently been revealed that the Trudeau government had nearly a month’s warning of the scandal before it was picked up by the mainstream media.

Throughout the summer, at least two Jewish-Canadian MPs pleaded with their own government to cut ties with Marouf, and members of Hussen’s office even sent explicit warnings to the PMO of Marouf’s Twitter history.

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Despite all this, the feds ultimately didn’t take action until after the publication of an Aug. 19 story in The Canadian Press. At the time, Hussen was quoted as saying that he would “look closely at the situation.”

Marouf never tried to conceal his unseemly online history, and even before he came to national attention a Google search of his name would quickly turn up a rich trove of controversial social media statements and blog posts. In mid-2021, for instance, Twitter suspended Marouf’s account due to allegations that he had advocated for anti-Jewish violence. In a lengthy blog post, Marouf would blame the suspension on the “Zionist lobby.”

Tech consultant Mark Goldberg was one of the more diligent at tracking Marouf’s career as a federal anti-racism trainer. As early as July 2021, Goldberg was issuing blog posts criticizing the large federal grants going to Marouf’s organization, saying it was akin to “funding hate.”

Liberal MP Anthony Housefather first went public with claims that he had warned Hussen about Marouf for more than a month before the issue made headlines.

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“I alerted him and I persistently communicated with the minister in his office, from the day I learned about it, until today, and aggressively demanded that action be taken,” Housefather told National Post in late August. “Action could have been taken more quickly.”

This week, sources told the Globe and Mail that as early as mid-July, staffers within Hussen’s office were warning the Prime Minister’s Office about Marouf. That same story also quoted insiders who said that Israeli-Canadian Liberal MP Ya’ara Saks had spent weeks trying to sound alarm bells about Marouf within the Trudeau government.

Earlier this month, Hussen even admitted in the House of Commons that he had known of Marouf’s case as early as July, but didn’t take action pending an unspecified “review.”

“Do I wish that we’ve been able to move the process along more quickly? Absolutely, but it was also important that we got this right to ensure accountability for this organization,” he said.

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Whatever that review was, it happened to finish up just as the Marouf scandal became a national political issue. On Aug. 22 — just as the Marouf contract began attracting public criticism from Jewish groups and federal opposition parties — Hussen announced that his office had cut its funding.

On Monday, Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman said that it only took two days for the federal government to cut funding to Hockey Canada once it learned of the organization’s history of sexual misconduct. The weeks-long delay on addressing the Marouf affair, she said, was tantamount to “absolute silence on Jew hatred by a government that clearly condones it.”

Marouf, meanwhile, has blamed his firing on the Jews. In a statement last month, he said he was the victim of a “Zionist organized harassment campaign” enabled by a “complacent Colonial media.”

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford emerged this week as one of the most prominent defenders of the Trudeau’s government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in order to dismantle Freedom Convoy. And for Ford’s troubles, a phone transcript was released by the inquiry this week showing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slamming the Ontario premier as a responsibility-shirking do-nothing. Recorded in February, the call had Trudeau telling Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson that Ford had been “hiding from his responsibility” to use provincial power to disband the convoy.

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The National Post’s John Ivison has been watching the Emergencies Act inquiry so you don’t have to, and one theme he’s noticed so far is that absolutely every level of government involved with the saga managed to screw up in awe-inspiring ways. Some early examples …

  • Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly assuming that the truckers would leave after a few days, and making no attempt to counter their arrival (despite multiple public statements from the truckers saying they wouldn’t leave until their demands were met).
  • Ottawa Police Service’s subsequent decision to allow trucks onto Parliament Hill and do nothing as protesters established a “logistical compound” in a city-owned parking lot.
  • Ontario solicitor general Sylvia Jones refusing city requests to get involved, saying it was inappropriate for elected officials to do anything.

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It’s extremely off-brand for members of the Trudeau government to deliver Churchillian statements about dying for a cause, but Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland got pretty close when she implored African countries to “die for their democracy.” Freeland was in Washington, D.C., when an unidentified employee with the African Development Bank asked her how to prevent Russia from gaining influence on the continent, particularly if African countries lost aid funding from the West. To which Freeland replied, “a democracy can only be defended by people themselves if they’re actually prepared to die for their democracy.” She later apologized, saying that as a “white western person,” she didn’t mean to offend anyone.

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Ken Sim will be the first centre-right mayor that Vancouver has had since 2008. So naturally, he’s faced accusations from the city’s progressive establishment of being a fascist, white-supremacist, police statist. In an op-ed for the National Post, UBC lecturer Adam Pankratz expressed doubts that the city’s first Chinese-Canadian mayor harboured any white supremacist sympathies. And compared to what right-wing mayors typically do in the rest of Western Canada, Sim’s platform still comes off as remarkably middle-of-the-road (he’s still planning to ban gas-powered motorboats, for instance).

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The NDP got unanimous support for a House of Commons motion looking into their theory that Canada’s current inflationary spiral is all because of corporate fat cats jacking up the prices. If it seems suspicious that literally every MP supported such a motion, it helps to explain that the measure doesn’t actually do anything.  While the text claims that “corporate greed is a significant driver of inflation” and demands an official investigation into “greedflation,” the motion doesn’t come with means to actually do that.

The opposition actually throws out weird hail-mary motions all the time, and often their only real purpose is to allow members to score political points. Earlier this month, Conservative Andrew Scheer threw out a motion calling for a moratorium on new taxes. The NDP, Liberals and Bloc Québécois voted it down, thus allowing Scheer to say that they love taxes.

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