Islamic Congress looking for friends in government?
Interesting approach for a group that supposedly want to open a "healthy dialogue" with the government. Here's a hint, you might want to tone down the rhetoric a tad and drop the "feared five" tag.
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THE CANADIAN ISLAMIC CONGRESS
February 7, 2006
ISLAMIC CONGRESS WARNS OF EMERGING POLICE STATE AS P.M. HARPER APPOINTS "MOST FEARED FIVE" TO NEW CABINET -- NEW MINISTERS DAY, MACKAY, CANNON, TOEWS, AND SOLBERG COULD BE BAD NEWS FOR CANADIAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
With yesterday's new federal Conservative cabinet appointments, the
Canadian Islamic Congress fears that police-state politics which began
under the former Liberal regime will soon emerge in an accelerated and
"The features of an emergent police state in Canada are many," said today's
"They include renewal of the anti-terrorism act; the proposed Canadian no-
fly list; the existing no-passport list (both giving unprecedented power to
civil servants -- not the courts -- to list and de-list Canadians);
security certificate detentions; racial profiling; wiretapping and spying
on citizens; and a broad range of additional powers given to both the RCMP
All the current and proposed measures listed above have been implemented
without court supervision or due process of law, the statement continued,
with the result that "civil liberties of Canadians are eroding and a police
state is emerging. Our government is using the fears of its citizens to rob
them of their charter rights and freedoms. This is absolutely wrong."
The CIC nevertheless still hopes to soon open up a healthy dialogue with PM
Stephen Harper's new cabinet -- especially with the group it calls the
"most feared five" -- Stockwell Day (Public Safety), Peter MacKay (Foreign
Affairs), Lawrence Cannon (Transport), Vic Toews (Justice) and Monte
Solberg (Citizenship and Immigration).
CIC's Exit Poll for the 2006 federal election showed more Muslims voted
Conservative than in 2004.