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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Another issue, it seems, with Western Standard 
(en francais)

Anyone have a copy of the current issue of the Western Standard? I like to see a little more context regarding this issue.

Edit: Found the following in the Calgary Sun. I'm still interested in seeing the whole article. On the basis of Levant's statement, the CIC press release is a little misleading. They cite Delphin as the one who "described the premier's wife" when in actual fact he quoted an unnamed source.

Mag accused of racist slur
Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant explained the article includes comments from two unnamed members of the premier's inner circle.

Levant said the pair said rude things about Klein staying on as premier too long, suggesting his wife's enjoyment of being treated well was one reason. One of the men said when Klein was no longer in office, his wife would be "just another Indian."

Levant called the remark "outrageous," but defended its use, saying it shows a rift developing between the premier and his "team" over his decision to continue in office until 2007-08.

THE CANADIAN ISLAMIC CONGRESS
MEDIA COMMUNIQUE

February 15, 2006


ISLAMIC CONGRESS JOINS ABORIGINAL NGOs TO CONDEMN RACIST "JUST ANOTHER
INDIAN" REMARK IN WESTERN STANDARD ARTICLE -- SAME MAGAZINE RAN DANISH
CARTOONS MOCKING PROPHET MUHAMMAD

The Canadian Islamic Congress announced today that it has joined with a
number of aboriginal rights groups to condemn a Calgary-based conservative
magazine for racist remarks made against the wife of Alberta premier Ralph
Klein.

In the Monday (Feb. 13, 2006) issue Western Standard writer Ric Delphin
described the premier's wife, who has native roots, as "just another
Indian."

The comment has shocked and angered Native Media Watch, the Aboriginal
Human Rights Commission of Alberta, the Metis Nation of Alberta, the Urban
Aboriginal Affairs Committee and the Institute for Advancement of
Aboriginal Women.

The CIC has joined them in denouncing the paper's conduct as insensitive
and bigoted toward the entire Aboriginal community.

"Canada is a nation of many cultures, languages and religions. All must be
equally respected," CIC said in its own summary statement today. "We call
on the Western Standard to apologize and to cease publishing bigoted and
racist material that serves only to demean minorities and divide us as a
people."

The Western Standard also chose to reprint a set of notorious Danish
cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. The CIC is filing a hate-crime
complaint against the magazine and its publisher.

Aboriginal NGOs have planned a press conference in Edmonton for later today
to discuss the impact of the Western Standard article.

The press conference is held at City Hall Press Room, Edmonton, 10 am local
time, today Feb 15, 2006, contact Kim Ziervogel, cell is 780-231-1873 Or
780-490-6762 or 780-231-1873, kziervogel@yahoo.ca.


CONTACTS:

Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
(519) 746-4107 (O)
(519) 498-1350 (Cell)
e-mail: np@canadianislamiccongress.com

Mrs. Wahida Valiante
(905) 771-1023
e-mail: nvp@canadianislamiccongress.com

Paul Synnott at 1:34 a.m.    | en francais | Go to Top|


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