The federal Christian Heritage Party is calling for a national moratorium on immigration from Muslim countries to curb increasing radical Islamist power in Canada.
Mike Schouten, CHP candidate for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, admits his party's stance on this issue will likely result in charges of racism. But he says it's about protecting Canadian values as outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"This issue, because of the climate of political correctness, is not allowed to be talked about," Schouten noted.
Hesham Nabih, formerly a spokesman for the B.C. Muslim Association, said he was "very surprised" by this. "The best reply is just to ignore it," he said. "Shouting matches don't help."