The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met again on Oct. 16 to debate M103, the anti-Islamophobia motion introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid.

There was a semblance of civility at the committee meeting when I presented my case against the motion, along with two other witnesses.

Perhaps the committee had learned that respect is crucial to any dialogue after fellow Toronto Sun columnist Tarek Fatah was treated contemptuously at the September 20 meeting.

During my presentation I asked the committee some pointed questions such as "Why would the House not agree on a more precise term to combat anti-Muslim sentiment and instead insist on a vague and all-inclusive term such as Islamophobia?" A term, I might have added, which also has Islamist overtones.

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