On June 9, 2021, following a horrific attack on a Muslim family by a truck driver in London that killed four family members, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared his intention to appoint Canada's first special representative on combatting Islamophobia.
On Jan. 30, 2023, Trudeau made good on his promise when he appointed Hijabi Islamic activist Amira Elghawaby, an official at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), formerly the Canadian Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), the group whose American parent organization CAIR got listed as an 'unindicted co-conspirator' in a terror funding case in the U.S.
At the time, I asked Trudeau in these pages not to waste money on funding those who are sworn enemies of western civilization, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, individual liberty, freedom of speech and conscience and all the things that make us proud as Canadians and humble enough to not gloat about it.
Suppose there was a need to fight Islamophobia (whatever that word means). In that case, it should start first with Canadian Muslims denouncing their supremacist belief in the superiority of their religion over all other faiths.
If our leadership remains in the hands of Islamists — many born in Canada — and we Muslims continue to play the "victim card," we will not cut the mustard.
There is nothing "irrational" about fearing the Islamist state of mind and the jihadi agenda. Those who take the law into their own hands must be dealt with severely, but we Muslims could do far more if we stop aping the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood in Canada.
Just this Tuesday, an Islamic suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan killing over 100 and injuring scores more.
Did Elghawaby have anything to say on these atrocities being committed in the name of Islam? She expressed her discomfort at the protests against the Iranian Islamic regime when she tweeted: "People who are angry with the government in Iran are taking it out on Canadian citizens that are Muslims here."
Are you taking it out? Clearly, the sight of thousands of exiled Iranians who now call Canada their home upset Elghawaby. What else could we have expected from Trudeau's new czarina who, instead of criticizing the Ayatollahs of Iran, chose to target fellow Muslims who seek democracy, liberty, freedom of conscience and speech?
If there was any comfort for the rest of us, a large segment of Canada's politicians denounced the appointment of Elghawaby.
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre denounced the appointment, tweeting: "Trudeau again chooses to divide Canadians by appointing someone who has made anti-Quebec, anti-Jewish and anti-police remarks. He must appoint someone who can unite all of us in the fight against racism and Islamophobia."
The Quebec government also asked to remove Elghawaby over her 2019 opinion piece in which she criticized Quebec's secularism law, Bill 21. The law bans public employees in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols such as a kippah, turban or hijab while on the job.
Former leader of the NDP, Tom Mulcair, also denounced the appointment. Writing in the Montreal Gazette, Mulcair said: "I also sincerely believe it was wrong of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to name Amira Elghawaby as Canada's first special representative on combatting Islamophobia. Among the more disturbing statements she has made is this one from a column she co-wrote in the Ottawa Citizen: 'Unfortunately, the majority of Quebecers appear to be swayed not by the rule of law, but by anti-Muslim sentiment.'"
Those of us who oppose polygamy, forced arranged marriages, FGM, the slaughter of animals to celebrate Hajj and the calls to "slay and destroy" the Kafirs (non-Muslims) have not come to Canada to let the Muslim Brotherhood's agenda thrive here. We who have been victims of Islamism and jihad will fight tooth and nail, even as the rest of Canada yawns at the undoing of our civilization where Black and white, French or English, LGBT or straight, Jew and Arab, Hindu and Muslim can share what our founders created.
Sir John A. Macdonald and Louis St. Laurent, John Diefenbaker and Tommy Douglas, Pierre Trudeau and Stephen Harper, Nellie McClung and Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bob Rae and Jack Layton, Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney all contributed to the attributes of who we are as Canadians.
None wore any religion on their sleeve, let alone wear a hijab or Islamic attire to please the "Muslim vote bank." Justin Trudeau will wear that hat as he does yet another photobomb exercise, perhaps of his departure into the wilderness.
The one question that no one in Trudeau's office or party is willing to answer is: Why was it necessary to appoint a woman who wears the Muslim Brotherhood flag to assert her presence? After all, the Quran does not mention the Hijab as compulsory attire for Muslim women.
Tarek Fatah is a Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum, a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, and a columnist at the Toronto Sun.