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Representing Diversity is Opportunity

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Ontario Minister of Transportation
Kathleen Wynne
“It’s not that we have to worry about encouraging people to use transit, it’s that we can’t build it fast enough. People really want the public transit to come to their community. So that’s a good news story, it’s a good problem to have, but it’s a challenge because there is more demand than there are dollars to meet the demand.”
“The most important thing that has happened in Don Valley West, is that Skills for Change (a settlement agency that helps new Canadians find a job) has opened up in Flemingdon Park.”
With almost 40 per cent population of immigrants in the riding of Don Valley West, MPP Kathleen Wynne does her best to represent all in the riding: the wealthy, the middle class, the poor, immigrants and non-immigrants residing in her riding. Kathleen Wynne, the member of Ontario legislature and Ontario Minister of Transportation feels “a real honour” in representing such a diverse group.
“One of the things about Canada is that we pride ourselves on our pluralism and our ability to create a society where people from different backgrounds will get along and can really be a model for the rest of the world. So representing a riding like Don Valley West, I have had the opportunity to understand those opportunities first hand,” she said.
Minister Wynne is visible at most South Asian events, sometimes dressed in sari, scarf or shalwar kameez, trying to interact  with women who can only mange functional English. On her part, it indicates a real passion to help and understand people.
In her riding, MPP Wynne hears concerns about finding employment, housing, language and job training.  “I have made it very clear to the government that we need to be putting resources in place, I’m not alone in that. There are many Toronto members who make the same point. That’s why the government has been investing in those services in the last seven years,” she stated.
To help new Canadians “the most important thing that has happened in Don Valley West, is that Skills for Change (a settlement agency that helps new Canadians find a job) has opened up in Flemingdon Park so we will continue to fund those organizations, but we also need a better government partnership from the federal government,” said Ms Wynne who is serving the riding for the second term.
MPP Wynne concedes that the there is a gap between the reality on the ground and what economists say about rebounding of jobs. She also thinks “that the jobs have changed..Many of them [people in Ward 26]  had jobs in factories, for example, and the reality is that a lot of those jobs have either disappeared or changed or the companies have downsized..There has been a lot of change in manufacturing, and manufacturing was an important employer for many new Canadians, which is why we put in place the second career program. It was designed for people who have been in those jobs to retrain and to find other work.”
Minister Wynne also notes that “the government’s role is not to find everybody a job, or make sure that people have a job for their whole lives, that’s a very difficult thing for a government to do. The free market has some role in that, private enterprise has a role in that. So our job as government is to make sure that the conditions are right, for young people to get the training that they need, and to understand what’s expected of them.”
Minister Wynne recalls that when she was growing up she witnessed “the first subway” in Toronto. “Since then the provincial government has not made a major investment in transit. We’ve invested $12 billion in transit since we were elected. That doesn’t even take into account the roads and the bridges..We’re working with Kitchener, Waterloo and Hamilton to help them to build light rail in their jurisdictions. We’ve expanded the GO network so that it’s got much more service to the areas outside of Downtown Toronto..we are catching up. It’s not done yet, there needs to be much more connection among all of the jurisdictions, but we have made a good start on it.”
One of the ways to connect the region is the presto card. “If you can get on a bus in Mississauga and use the presto card and come down to Downtown Toronto and use that same presto card, that is a real convenience for people,” Minister Wynne explained.
But there is criticism to the use of the Presto card. One from Toronto whereby the former Councillor Adam Giambrone was opposed to the idea of the use of Presto card and the other criticism comes from Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion. Minister Wynne tells us that the government is working with Toronto.
“I don’t think it makes sense for anybody to have a different system in Toronto than the rest of the GTA,” she stated. In her opinion Mississauga’s concerns will dilute once Toronto agrees to the use of the Presto cards.
Minister Wynne thinks of partnership between the federal and the provincial government to be “good..but the question now is how do we manage” given the large deficit both the federal and the provincial governments have.
“The problem we have is that people want more transit..The ridership of GO transit keeps going up, every time we make an announcement about GO expansion everyone is wildly happy,” stated Minister Wynne in response to the question about how the government encourages people to use public transit. “It’s not that we have to worry about encouraging people to use transit, it’s that we can’t build it fast enough. People really want it to come to their community. So that’s a good news story, it’s a good problem to have, but it’s a challenge because there is more demand than there are dollars to meet the demand,” she added.
While Minister Wynne is confident of the Ontario government’s record on healthcare, education, transportation, Ontarians are angry over the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), higher hydro bills among many other initiatives. Responding to these higher costs and voter-anger, Minister Wynne noted “people need to understand that if we’re going to get those jobs back, if we’re going start the economy we needed to structure the tax system..we’ve put money in place in terms of poverty reduction, it’s not perfect, and we understand that, but we have a very strong record of success in the areas that really do matter to people.”

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New Employment Centre in Mississauga

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The Honourable Jason Kenny, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism performed the  opening ceremony of the Employment Centre of  Heartland Creditview Neighbourhood Centre, Streetsville.
The Minister reaffirmed his commitment to providing for the needs of the immigrants who require upgrading of their skills and language training. Bob Dechert, MP of Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice applauded female volunteers and supported a consistent delivery of the programs in the deserving area. Her Majesty Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga appreciated the management who has chosen Streetsville to serve the communities. She emphasized the importance of this Centre and supported the services should be provided consistently in this area.
She also reminded the Minister that you bring the people to Canada and the most of new immigrants love to choose specially Mississauga and we, the municipality have to provide the service therefore you should ensure that the services are provided promptly and timely. Secretary of the centre recognized the guests; Ron Starr, Councillor of City of Mississauga, Mirza Mohammad Afzal, a life-time Collette Handy  Gul Nawaz, FCA thanked the Minister and other dignitaries.

The Honourable Jason Kenny, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism performed the  opening ceremony of the Employment Centre of  Heartland Creditview Neighbourhood Centre, Streetsville.The Minister reaffirmed his commitment to providing for the needs of the immigrants who require upgrading of their skills and language training. Bob Dechert, MP of Mississauga-Erindale and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice applauded female volunteers and supported a consistent delivery of the programs in the deserving area. Her Majesty Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga appreciated the management who has chosen Streetsville to serve the communities. She emphasized the importance of this Centre and supported the services should be provided consistently in this area. She also reminded the Minister that you bring the people to Canada and the most of new immigrants love to choose specially Mississauga and we, the municipality have to provide the service therefore you should ensure that the services are provided promptly and timely. Secretary of the centre recognized the guests; Ron Starr, Councillor of City of Mississauga, Mirza Mohammad Afzal, a life-time Collette Handy  Gul Nawaz, FCA thanked the Minister and other dignitaries.

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Ontario becoming transparent and Accountable

Posted on 31 March 2011 by admin

Ontario is moving forward with its plan to reduce its number of government agencies by five per cent. In total, fourteen agencies are expected to be closed or merged.
“Since taking office, we have brought efficiency and accountability to government and the broader public sector. We’ve gone beyond the goal we set to reduce the number of provincial classified agencies by five per cent. We will continue to meet and exceed targets, get value out of every dollar and focus funds on the priorities of Ontario families,” says Mr. Dwight Duncan, Ontario Minister of Finance.
“We are committed to running an accountable, transparent and efficient government. We will continue to take action to ensure strong oversight of classified agencies,” noted Mr.  Harinder Takhar, Minister of Government Services.
Some agencies have functions that could be performed within government or cease to exist, and some have overlapping responsibilities or could be amalgamated.
This includes:
• Combining the Stadium Corporation of Ontario into the proposed Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC) merger.  The new IO/ORC entity would be responsible for disposing of the real estate assets currently owned by the Stadium Corporation, which will maximize the return to taxpayers.
• Merging the Ontario Mortgage Corporation and the Ontario Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Additionally, 11 other agencies that would be dissolved are:
• Biopharmaceutical Investment Program Marketing Advisory Committee
• Commodity Futures Advisory Board
• Crown Timber Board of Examiners
• Healing Arts Radiation Protection Commission
• Northern Ontario Grow Bonds Corporation
• North Pickering Development Corporation
• Ontario, Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario Development Corporation
• Ontario Network of Excellence Advisory Committee
• ORTECH Corporation
• Social Assistance Review Board
• Toronto Area Transit Operating Agency
The province has also accepted the recommendations made by Rita Burak in her December 2010 Report Of The Special Advisor on Agencies. Greater efficiencies, service levels and accountability will result from the implementation of these recommendations.
These actions build on the steps the Ontario government has already taken requiring agencies to be more accountable and transparent and to follow strong governance and expense disclosure rules. These measures are all part of the government’s Open Ontario plan to improve accountability, eliminate waste and find savings.

Ontario is moving forward with its plan to reduce its number of government agencies by five per cent. In total, fourteen agencies are expected to be closed or merged.“Since taking office, we have brought efficiency and accountability to government and the broader public sector. We’ve gone beyond the goal we set to reduce the number of provincial classified agencies by five per cent. We will continue to meet and exceed targets, get value out of every dollar and focus funds on the priorities of Ontario families,” says Mr. Dwight Duncan, Ontario Minister of Finance.“We are committed to running an accountable, transparent and efficient government. We will continue to take action to ensure strong oversight of classified agencies,” noted Mr.  Harinder Takhar, Minister of Government Services.Some agencies have functions that could be performed within government or cease to exist, and some have overlapping responsibilities or could be amalgamated.This includes:• Combining the Stadium Corporation of Ontario into the proposed Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC) merger.  The new IO/ORC entity would be responsible for disposing of the real estate assets currently owned by the Stadium Corporation, which will maximize the return to taxpayers.• Merging the Ontario Mortgage Corporation and the Ontario Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Additionally, 11 other agencies that would be dissolved are:• Biopharmaceutical Investment Program Marketing Advisory Committee• Commodity Futures Advisory Board• Crown Timber Board of Examiners• Healing Arts Radiation Protection Commission• Northern Ontario Grow Bonds Corporation• North Pickering Development Corporation• Ontario, Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario Development Corporation• Ontario Network of Excellence Advisory Committee• ORTECH Corporation• Social Assistance Review Board• Toronto Area Transit Operating AgencyThe province has also accepted the recommendations made by Rita Burak in her December 2010 Report Of The Special Advisor on Agencies. Greater efficiencies, service levels and accountability will result from the implementation of these recommendations. These actions build on the steps the Ontario government has already taken requiring agencies to be more accountable and transparent and to follow strong governance and expense disclosure rules. These measures are all part of the government’s Open Ontario plan to improve accountability, eliminate waste and find savings.

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“Very Ethnic” vs. “Very Canadian”

Posted on 31 March 2011 by admin

By Rob Oliphant, MP, Don Valley West, Toronto

Minister Kenney treats ethnic communities as a means to an end, a way to get votes. Will it work? Perhaps only for a while. Communities as groups, and ‘ethnic’ Canadians as individuals, are more intelligent and sophisticated than that. They know when they’re being used through one-time spending: money for mementos, monuments and memorabilia. They know when they are being treated as ‘very ethnic’ for partisan purposes.

The thinking behind Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney’s well-known work in Canadian ethnic communities was laid bare earlier this month. A strategy document, being circulated by the Minister’s office soliciting funds from Conservative MPs for their multicultural outreach work, was accidentally delivered to a New Democratic Party MP’s office. The staff person, Minister Kenney’s Director of Multicultural Affairs resigned as a result. He had to quit because he used the Minister’s House of Commons letterhead, government resources, for partisan purposes. But, frankly, that wasn’t the most important misjudgment revealed by his mistake.
The strategy document itself outlines ridings that the Conservatives have called “very ethnic” and media outlets related to the communities in those ridings. Funds were being solicited for targeted advertising promoting the Conservative Party based on research possibly paid for from government funds.
Of course, on first reading “very ethnic” suggests ridings with a high number of visible minority residents or citizens. That could be a simple statement of reality: some ridings have more members of visible minority communities than others. But a more thorough reading of the document suggests that the Conservatives are targeting certain communities because they are perceived to be somehow different from other Canadians. To Conservatives, “very ethnic” seems to mean not “very Canadian.”
In the last year or so, I have been working on the Liberal Party’s outreach to ethnic communities. We make no secret about the fact that maintaining and growing our support among all Canadians, including members of ethnic communities, is important to us.
The Liberal Party’s commitment to multiculturalism for the last four decades has resulted in a situation that is both good for Canada and what it means to be Canadian, and bad if one presumed being Canadian also meant being a Liberal, no questions asked.
As more and more new Canadians from Canada’s diverse communities have become integrated into Canadian society and involved in politics, from the grass roots level all the way up to sitting in the House of Commons, no one party can take any community`s support for granted.
What a great thing this is. The loss to partisan politics is, of course, the greater gain for Canadian politics. We have to earn the votes of every Canadian one at a time, regardless of whether they are ethnic or not.
Conservatives are trying to turn back the clock. The Conservative approach to multiculturalism is about buying votes and is not based on the issues that mean the most to Canada’s diverse communities.
Of course immigration issues, like family reunification and settlement services, are very important to newer communities in Canada. But so is a national childcare program that offers true choice to all Canadians. So is support for post-secondary education, the economy, the cost of housing, and pension security. So are human rights at home and abroad.
Our approach to ethnic communities will require communication using the media that they read, watch and listen to, but the message we send will be the same as to every other Canadian. We offer a government rooted in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that will govern with integrity, fairness and transparency. We believe that is why people choose to make Canada their home.  Minister Kenney treats ethnic communities as a means to an end, a way to get votes. Will it work? Perhaps only for a while. Communities as groups, and ‘ethnic’ Canadians as individuals, are more intelligent and sophisticated than that. They know when they’re being used through one-time spending: money for mementos, monuments and memorabilia. They know when they are being treated as ‘very ethnic’ for partisan purposes.
While it takes more work and a long-term approach, Liberals know we all see ourselves as Canadians first, and want to be treated as such. No Canadian community should be a chess piece on a board game played for electoral gain. That is why our approach is based on long-term relationship and dependability, rather than Mr. Kenney’s famous “curry in a hurry.”
Rob Oliphant is a Liberal MP from Don Valley West and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism.

The thinking behind Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney’s well-known work in Canadian ethnic communities was laid bare earlier this month. A strategy document, being circulated by the Minister’s office soliciting funds from Conservative MPs for their multicultural outreach work, was accidentally delivered to a New Democratic Party MP’s office. The staff person, Minister Kenney’s Director of Multicultural Affairs resigned as a result. He had to quit because he used the Minister’s House of Commons letterhead, government resources, for partisan purposes. But, frankly, that wasn’t the most important misjudgment revealed by his mistake.The strategy document itself outlines ridings that the Conservatives have called “very ethnic” and media outlets related to the communities in those ridings. Funds were being solicited for targeted advertising promoting the Conservative Party based on research possibly paid for from government funds.Of course, on first reading “very ethnic” suggests ridings with a high number of visible minority residents or citizens. That could be a simple statement of reality: some ridings have more members of visible minority communities than others. But a more thorough reading of the document suggests that the Conservatives are targeting certain communities because they are perceived to be somehow different from other Canadians. To Conservatives, “very ethnic” seems to mean not “very Canadian.”In the last year or so, I have been working on the Liberal Party’s outreach to ethnic communities. We make no secret about the fact that maintaining and growing our support among all Canadians, including members of ethnic communities, is important to us.The Liberal Party’s commitment to multiculturalism for the last four decades has resulted in a situation that is both good for Canada and what it means to be Canadian, and bad if one presumed being Canadian also meant being a Liberal, no questions asked.As more and more new Canadians from Canada’s diverse communities have become integrated into Canadian society and involved in politics, from the grass roots level all the way up to sitting in the House of Commons, no one party can take any community`s support for granted.What a great thing this is. The loss to partisan politics is, of course, the greater gain for Canadian politics. We have to earn the votes of every Canadian one at a time, regardless of whether they are ethnic or not.Conservatives are trying to turn back the clock. The Conservative approach to multiculturalism is about buying votes and is not based on the issues that mean the most to Canada’s diverse communities.Of course immigration issues, like family reunification and settlement services, are very important to newer communities in Canada. But so is a national childcare program that offers true choice to all Canadians. So is support for post-secondary education, the economy, the cost of housing, and pension security. So are human rights at home and abroad.Our approach to ethnic communities will require communication using the media that they read, watch and listen to, but the message we send will be the same as to every other Canadian. We offer a government rooted in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that will govern with integrity, fairness and transparency. We believe that is why people choose to make Canada their home.  Minister Kenney treats ethnic communities as a means to an end, a way to get votes. Will it work? Perhaps only for a while. Communities as groups, and ‘ethnic’ Canadians as individuals, are more intelligent and sophisticated than that. They know when they’re being used through one-time spending: money for mementos, monuments and memorabilia. They know when they are being treated as ‘very ethnic’ for partisan purposes.While it takes more work and a long-term approach, Liberals know we all see ourselves as Canadians first, and want to be treated as such. No Canadian community should be a chess piece on a board game played for electoral gain. That is why our approach is based on long-term relationship and dependability, rather than Mr. Kenney’s famous “curry in a hurry.”Rob Oliphant is a Liberal MP from Don Valley West and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism.

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Is Harper Government in Trouble?

Posted on 25 March 2011 by admin

“We need to remind people who writes the pay checks in this country..when these businesses pay less taxes, the costs are translated into building businesses, hiring people, being more productive” – Minister Ted Menzies

“Many new Canadians arrive from places where democracy is not as robust, where it matters who you know, connections..Canada is not supposed to work that way. The minister..is abusing trust put in him as Minister for Citizenship and Immigration,” says Mr. Justin Trudeau.

“Harper Government” has had rough past few days with the news stories about Minister Bev Oda’s misleading the House Committee and Minister Jason Kenney’s abuse of his office to solicit donations to target “Very Ethnic Ridings.”
Liberals are extremely troubled with Minister Jason Kenney’s approach of specifically targeting ethnic communities. They believe that Mr. Kenny is blending the roles of a politician. The use of Minister’s office is even more worrying because “many new Canadians arrive from places where democracy is not as robust, where it matters who you know, connections..Canada is not supposed to work that way. The minister..is abusing trust put in him as Minister for Citizenship and Immigration,” says Mr. Justin Trudeau, Liberal critic for Citizenship and Immigration.
Mr. Rob Oliphant Liberal Critic of Multiculturalism notes that combining the two ministries: Citizenship and Immigration, and Multiculturalism “is dangerous because it assumes that multiculturalism is an immigration issue, it is not. They are separate.”
An internationally peer-reviewed report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) has found that the Conservative government is dramatically misrepresenting the cost of their untendered F-35 stealth fighter purchase.
“This is an unconscionable amount, and the Harper Conservatives have again misled Canadians and Parliament,” said Liberal Defence Critic Dominic LeBlanc. “Now we know why the Conservatives deceived Canadians about the real costs of the F-35s. Mr. Harper’s $30-billion sole-sourced jet deal is badly out of sync with the priorities of Canadians.
“To put this in perspective, $30 billion is equivalent to $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Canada, and equals the entire federal government’s annual spending on health care.”
Though, the unemployment rate remained steady, full time jobs declined by 23, 800 whereas the part time positions grew by 38,900 in February.
Given all these missteps, Liberals are considering bringing a motion of no-confidence against the government before the budget is announced on March 22nd.
Talking to Generation Next, Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies said his constituents “shake heads” when they hear stories about Liberals’ attempt to bring a motion of non-confidence. “Economy is the most important thing” and “we should stay the course because it’s working.”
He added that the government has complied with House Speaker’s orders and politicians should “go on.”
The Opposition vehemently opposes corporate tax rate reductions. However Conservatives stand firm on their decision to move ahead with their low tax policy. Minister Menzies reminded us that this low tax plan was supported by Liberals. He says that “Liberals are scared that we will deliver a good budget which we will.” He also noted that in the past three weeks, he has been asked only one question about economy in the House of Commons during Question Period. “Liberals don’t care about economy. Canadians are very disgusted with that,” he added.
Minister Menzies said that Canada is “a shining star” in the world and that is because of its low tax policy. In response to the question why big corporations should be given tax break when the corporate tax rate is already low in Canada, he said “ we need to remind people who writes the pay checks in this country..when these businesses pay less taxes, the costs are translated into building businesses, hiring people, being more productive.” He noted that the tax rate for businesses has been reduced from 22.5 per cent to 16.5 per cent. It will be even lower in 2012 at 15 per cent.
“If we continue reducing taxes, that will necessitate a tax burden on the average family. It will cut services to the average family,” retorts Liberal MP Justin Trudeau.
Ms. Elizabeth May has criticized the Conservative Party for putting out attack ads against Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. But Minister Menzies believes that “we have to get the message out there.”
Although Minister Menzies tells Generation Next that “there won’t be no new major spending and no major cuts in services,” in the budget, Ontario’s newcomers will lose more than $44 million. Minister Kenney has said that these cuts have been “reallocated” to other provinces where more newcomers are coming. In addition to this under the Canada Ontario Immigration Act, the federal government still owes $207 million to Ontario which Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Eric Hoskins has said the federal government has refused to pay. “They have broken their promise,” Minister Hoskins has said.
Minister Menzies also reminds us that Liberals cut $25 million in provincial fund transfer in 1990s that has resulted in healthcare problems in provinces like Ontario. He also tells Generation Next that the Harper government has doubled the Gas Tax for municipalities, and municipalities can plan their budget based on this Gas Tax revenue.

“Harper Government” has had rough past few days with the news stories about Minister Bev Oda’s misleading the House Committee and Minister Jason Kenney’s abuse of his office to solicit donations to target “Very Ethnic Ridings.”Liberals are extremely troubled with Minister Jason Kenney’s approach of specifically targeting ethnic communities. They believe that Mr. Kenny is blending the roles of a politician. The use of Minister’s office is even more worrying because “many new Canadians arrive from places where democracy is not as robust, where it matters who you know, connections..Canada is not supposed to work that way. The minister..is abusing trust put in him as Minister for Citizenship and Immigration,” says Mr. Justin Trudeau, Liberal critic for Citizenship and Immigration. Mr. Rob Oliphant Liberal Critic of Multiculturalism notes that combining the two ministries: Citizenship and Immigration, and Multiculturalism “is dangerous because it assumes that multiculturalism is an immigration issue, it is not. They are separate.” An internationally peer-reviewed report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) has found that the Conservative government is dramatically misrepresenting the cost of their untendered F-35 stealth fighter purchase.“This is an unconscionable amount, and the Harper Conservatives have again misled Canadians and Parliament,” said Liberal Defence Critic Dominic LeBlanc. “Now we know why the Conservatives deceived Canadians about the real costs of the F-35s. Mr. Harper’s $30-billion sole-sourced jet deal is badly out of sync with the priorities of Canadians.“To put this in perspective, $30 billion is equivalent to $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Canada, and equals the entire federal government’s annual spending on health care.”Though, the unemployment rate remained steady, full time jobs declined by 23, 800 whereas the part time positions grew by 38,900 in February.Given all these missteps, Liberals are considering bringing a motion of no-confidence against the government before the budget is announced on March 22nd. Talking to Generation Next, Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies said his constituents “shake heads” when they hear stories about Liberals’ attempt to bring a motion of non-confidence. “Economy is the most important thing” and “we should stay the course because it’s working.” He added that the government has complied with House Speaker’s orders and politicians should “go on.”  The Opposition vehemently opposes corporate tax rate reductions. However Conservatives stand firm on their decision to move ahead with their low tax policy. Minister Menzies reminded us that this low tax plan was supported by Liberals. He says that “Liberals are scared that we will deliver a good budget which we will.” He also noted that in the past three weeks, he has been asked only one question about economy in the House of Commons during Question Period. “Liberals don’t care about economy. Canadians are very disgusted with that,” he added. Minister Menzies said that Canada is “a shining star” in the world and that is because of its low tax policy. In response to the question why big corporations should be given tax break when the corporate tax rate is already low in Canada, he said “ we need to remind people who writes the pay checks in this country..when these businesses pay less taxes, the costs are translated into building businesses, hiring people, being more productive.” He noted that the tax rate for businesses has been reduced from 22.5 per cent to 16.5 per cent. It will be even lower in 2012 at 15 per cent.  “If we continue reducing taxes, that will necessitate a tax burden on the average family. It will cut services to the average family,” retorts Liberal MP Justin Trudeau. Ms. Elizabeth May has criticized the Conservative Party for putting out attack ads against Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. But Minister Menzies believes that “we have to get the message out there.” Although Minister Menzies tells Generation Next that “there won’t be no new major spending and no major cuts in services,” in the budget, Ontario’s newcomers will lose more than $44 million. Minister Kenney has said that these cuts have been “reallocated” to other provinces where more newcomers are coming. In addition to this under the Canada Ontario Immigration Act, the federal government still owes $207 million to Ontario which Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Eric Hoskins has said the federal government has refused to pay. “They have broken their promise,” Minister Hoskins has said. Minister Menzies also reminds us that Liberals cut $25 million in provincial fund transfer in 1990s that has resulted in healthcare problems in provinces like Ontario. He also tells Generation Next that the Harper government has doubled the Gas Tax for municipalities, and municipalities can plan their budget based on this Gas Tax revenue.

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Sri Lanka players meet people living with HIV in Mumbai

Posted on 25 March 2011 by admin

The Sri Lanka team took time out from its practice session on Tuesday in Mumbai to show its support for the Think Wise campaign.
The players met 10 community members from the MSM and hijra communities, including female sex workers from Kamathipura, several of them HIV positive, to understand what it means to be living with homophobia, transphobia, gender violence and HIV and to broaden their understanding of the their issues, such as stigma and discrimination, facing people from high risk groups.
Kumar Sangakkara, a Champion for the Think Wise campaign, a partnership between the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF, believes society must better understand what it means to be discriminated against because you are gay, transgendered or suffer the stigma of being a female sex worker and also living with HIV.
“It was interesting to have the opportunity to meet people who are infected by HIV and understand some of their issues that they face on a day-to-day basis,” said Sangakkara.
The Sri Lanka team took time out from its practice session on Tuesday in Mumbai to show its support for the Think Wise campaign.The players met 10 community members from the MSM and hijra communities, including female sex workers from Kamathipura, several of them HIV positive, to understand what it means to be living with homophobia, transphobia, gender violence and HIV and to broaden their understanding of the their issues, such as stigma and discrimination, facing people from high risk groups.Kumar Sangakkara, a Champion for the Think Wise campaign, a partnership between the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF, believes society must better understand what it means to be discriminated against because you are gay, transgendered or suffer the stigma of being a female sex worker and also living with HIV.”It was interesting to have the opportunity to meet people who are infected by HIV and understand some of their issues that they face on a day-to-day basis,” said Sangakkara.
Zaheer remains India’s pace enforcer
With 12 wickets so far, Zaheer Khan is the leading fast bowler at the World Cup and India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s go-to man when the going gets tough for the hosts.
At the World Cup, where there have been constant question marks over the staying power of India’s attack, Dhoni has turned to the burly left-armer whose mastery of the ball is matched by the ferocity of his character. The 32-year-old, however, prefers to keep a low profile. “I’m enjoying the space I am in,” he said.
“There’s a lot more responsibility and I have no issues going to sleep with this pressure. I’m ready for the next day. I have to lead by example, which I find challenging.” The bowler’s calm disposition was on show during the tied game against England in Bangalore.
Zaheer was taken for 40 runs in his first five overs by rampaging England batsmen but he did not lose heart. Bowling in his second spell, an inspired Zaheer cleaned up Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell off successive deliveries to bring India back into the game. His 12 wickets from five games put him ahead of fast bowling rivals Dale Steyn of South Africa, who has 10, and fiery Australian Shaun Tait on eight.
Zaheer’s control, nagging line and length and ability to reverse swing the old ball have often led to comparisons with legendary Pakistan left-armer Wasim Akram.
Bangladesh keeps hopes alive
Bangladesh registered a six-wicket win over Netherlands on Monday to keep its hopes of making the quarter-finals alive.
Netherlands after opting to bat first was bowled out for 160 in 43.2 overs with only Ryan ten Doeschate making an unbeaten 53 off 71 balls. In its reply, Bangladesh finished at 166 for 4 in 41.2 overs.
Earlier, Netherlands lost wickets at regular intervals thanks to four run-outs and excellent spell of 3-29 by Abdur Razzak triggered the collapse. Among the other spinners Sohrawadi Shuvo and skipper Shakib Al Hasan also picked a wicket apiece.
In its reply, Bangladesh lost an early wicket, but opener Imrul Kayes (73 not out: 113b, 6×4) led the home team to script another win.
Kayes shared a 92-run stand with Zunaed Siddique to pace the Bangladesh chase. Later Shahriar Nafees (37) and Kayes kept Bangladesh in hunt with a 59 run stand.
In the end Mushfiqur Rahim completed the last rites for Bangladesh.

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Reform Canada Pension Plan

Posted on 25 March 2011 by admin

By Mohammed Hashim, Brampton

Over a 100 leaders from the Brampton/Mississauga Community came together on March 9th, 2011 to discuss the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. Members of the labour movement, representatives of Members of Parliament, and community members from several churches, mosques, temples and Gurdharas were in attendance.
Motilall Sarjoo, President of the Brampton-Mississauga District Labour Council, started the evening by greeting the community members and speaking on how CPP is a bedrock program in the foundation of the Canadian social safety net. “The CPP is there to protect our elderly. Today over 1.6 million seniors are living in poverty, and it is time we organize to reform the Canada Pension Plan which ensures the dignity in retirement of future generations”.
Peggy Nash from the CAW Leadership and former Member of Parliament also spoke of how previous generations of workers fought to create the CPP, and how it is by far one of the most cost efficient programs in the country. Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress, spoke of how the issue of CPP reform was dead in the water before people and workers got together last year and moved the issue forward. Today 9 out of 10 provinces have endorsed the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. He noted this as a large victory for the campaign, and we must stay focused to ensure this Government progresses this landmark program to its full potential. Smokey Thomas from OPSEU spoke about the support from public sector workers is strong for this campaign. He further stated although work place pensions are good, they are not the best solution because they are under attack, “the best solution has to be for everyone, applicable to everyone and to the benefit of every single”.
Members of the community voiced their support for the program, especially for those who do not have work pension plans. Currently 11 million workers not have a work place pension plan and will rely solely on Government pension plans and if any savings for retirement. Imran Mian, a community organizer, spoke about how we need to put pressure on the Federal government, “It is vitally important for us to meet with our legislators, write letters to the Prime Minister, and ensure we get people out to vote for those candidates who have taken a strong mandate on the expansion of the CPP”.
For more information please contact Mr. Motilall Sarjoo at 416-709-6352 or email msarj@rogers.com

Over a 100 leaders from the Brampton/Mississauga Community came together on March 9th, 2011 to discuss the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. Members of the labour movement, representatives of Members of Parliament, and community members from several churches, mosques, temples and Gurdharas were in attendance.Motilall Sarjoo, President of the Brampton-Mississauga District Labour Council, started the evening by greeting the community members and speaking on how CPP is a bedrock program in the foundation of the Canadian social safety net. “The CPP is there to protect our elderly. Today over 1.6 million seniors are living in poverty, and it is time we organize to reform the Canada Pension Plan which ensures the dignity in retirement of future generations”.Peggy Nash from the CAW Leadership and former Member of Parliament also spoke of how previous generations of workers fought to create the CPP, and how it is by far one of the most cost efficient programs in the country. Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress, spoke of how the issue of CPP reform was dead in the water before people and workers got together last year and moved the issue forward. Today 9 out of 10 provinces have endorsed the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. He noted this as a large victory for the campaign, and we must stay focused to ensure this Government progresses this landmark program to its full potential. Smokey Thomas from OPSEU spoke about the support from public sector workers is strong for this campaign. He further stated although work place pensions are good, they are not the best solution because they are under attack, “the best solution has to be for everyone, applicable to everyone and to the benefit of every single”.Members of the community voiced their support for the program, especially for those who do not have work pension plans. Currently 11 million workers not have a work place pension plan and will rely solely on Government pension plans and if any savings for retirement. Imran Mian, a community organizer, spoke about how we need to put pressure on the Federal government, “It is vitally important for us to meet with our legislators, write letters to the Prime Minister, and ensure we get people out to vote for those candidates who have taken a strong mandate on the expansion of the CPP”.For more information please contact Mr. Motilall Sarjoo at 416-709-6352 or email msarj@rogers.com

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Brampton: Future Site of One-Stop Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centre

Posted on 25 March 2011 by admin

Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin (CFSPD) is the lead agency and fundraiser for the Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centre Planning Committee in Peel, a 15-agency collaborative dedicated to the development of a centre where victims of violence and abuse can access many of the services they need at a single stop. CFSPD purchased a building at 60 West Drive in Brampton, close to the Bramalea City Centre. The purchase was made possible by a $1 million grant from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, up to $2.2 million in federal funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, in addition to private donations.
Once renovations are complete in August 2011, this 53,000 square foot facility will be the home of a number of service providers that will come together to offer integrated care to victims of violence and abuse, as Peel Region’s first and only Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centre. With child-minding, and capacity in more than 100 languages, and specialized South Asian programming, the Centre will improve client outcomes, keeping abused women and children safe, and create several efficiencies—such as shared training and administration – helping agencies do more with fewer resources. Open to all people in need, the Centre will also serve non-trauma counselling clients and be home to CFSPD’s head office, in addition to a number of complementary social and business services.
Currently, victims of family violence and abuse access up to 18 unique services across large distances in order to keep themselves and their children safe.  Travelling large distances to access multiple agencies, often with children in tow means that many victims and many families never get the help they need. Due to linguistic and cultural barriers, this is more frequently the case for new Canadians.
Shelina Jeshani, MSW, and Supervisor of the Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centre Planning Committee asserts that this is an “exciting opportunity for the Peel community to establish the first Family Justice Centre in Peel, that will be able to serve the unique needs of the region through language and cultural capacity. It will transform the way social services are delivered in Peel for the better. ”
Members of the public who are interested in joining a tour of 60 West Drive are invited to contact Ana Debem at adebem@cfspd.com or 905-450-1608, x 114 on or before March 24, 2011.

Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin (CFSPD) is the lead agency and fundraiser for the Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centre Planning Committee in Peel, a 15-agency collaborative dedicated to the development of a centre where victims of violence and abuse can access many of the services they need at a single stop. CFSPD purchased a building at 60 West Drive in Brampton, close to the Bramalea City Centre. The purchase was made possible by a $1 million grant from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, up to $2.2 million in federal funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, in addition to private donations.Once renovations are complete in August 2011, this 53,000 square foot facility will be the home of a number of service providers that will come together to offer integrated care to victims of violence and abuse, as Peel Region’s first and only Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centre. With child-minding, and capacity in more than 100 languages, and specialized South Asian programming, the Centre will improve client outcomes, keeping abused women and children safe, and create several efficiencies—such as shared training and administration – helping agencies do more with fewer resources. Open to all people in need, the Centre will also serve non-trauma counselling clients and be home to CFSPD’s head office, in addition to a number of complementary social and business services.Currently, victims of family violence and abuse access up to 18 unique services across large distances in order to keep themselves and their children safe.  Travelling large distances to access multiple agencies, often with children in tow means that many victims and many families never get the help they need. Due to linguistic and cultural barriers, this is more frequently the case for new Canadians. Shelina Jeshani, MSW, and Supervisor of the Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centre Planning Committee asserts that this is an “exciting opportunity for the Peel community to establish the first Family Justice Centre in Peel, that will be able to serve the unique needs of the region through language and cultural capacity. It will transform the way social services are delivered in Peel for the better. ”Members of the public who are interested in joining a tour of 60 West Drive are invited to contact Ana Debem at adebem@cfspd.com or 905-450-1608, x 114 on or before March 24, 2011.

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Islamophobia Can Create Radicalization

Posted on 25 March 2011 by admin

America has prided itself on being different. Being “American” is not the possession of a single ethnic group, nor does any group define “America.”  Not only do new immigrants become citizens, they also secure a new identity. More than that, as new groups become American and are transformed – the idea of “America” itself has also changed to embrace these new cultures.

What they should also know, is that in the process of targeting a religion in this way and engaging in this most “un-American activity” King and company are, in fact, opening the door for increased alienation and future radicalization. Al Awlaqi must be smiling from inside his cave.

Let me state quite directly: Islamophobia and those who promote it are a greater threat to the United States of America than Anwar al Awlaqi and his rag-tag team of terrorists.
On one level, al Awlaqi, from his cave hide-out in Yemen, can only prey off of alienation where it exists. Adopting the persona of a latter-day Malcolm X (though he seems not to have read the last chapters of the “Autobiography” or learned the lessons of Malcolm’s ultimate conversion), he appears street-smart, brash, self-assured and assertive – all of the assets needed to attract lost or wounded souls looking for certainty and an outlet for their rage. Like some parasites, al Awlaqi cannot create his own prey. He must wait for others to create his opportunities, which until now have been isolated and limited – a disturbed young man here, an increasingly deranged soldier there.
Islamophobia, on the other hand, if left unchecked, may serve to erect barriers to Muslim inclusion in America, increasing alienation, especially among young Muslims. Not only would such a situation do grave damage to one of the fundamental cornerstones of America’s unique democracy, it would simultaneously rapidly expand the pool of recruits for future radicalization.
I have often remarked that America is different, in concept and reality, from our European allies. Third generation Kurds in Germany, Pakistanis in the UK, or Algerians in France, for example, may succeed and obtain citizenship, but they do not become German, British, or French. Last year, I debated a German government official on this issue. She kept referring to the “migrants” – a term she used to describe all those of Turkish descent, living in her country, regardless of the number of generations they had been there. Similarly, following their last election, a leading British newspaper commented on the “number of immigrants” who won seats – without noting that many of those “immigrants” were third generation citizens.
America has prided itself on being different. Being “American” is not the possession of a single ethnic group, nor does any group define “America.”  Not only do new immigrants become citizens, they also secure a new identity. More than that, as new groups become American and are transformed – the idea of “America” itself has also changed to embrace these new cultures.
Within a generation, diverse ethnic and religious groups from every corner or the globe have become Americans, dramatically changing America in the process. Problems remain and intolerant bigots, in every age, have reared up against new groups, but history demonstrates that, in the end, the newcomers have been accepted, incorporated and absorbed into the American mainstream.
This defines not only our national experience, but our defining narrative, as well. When immigrant school children in Europe learn French, German or British history – they are learning “their host’s” history. In the U.S., from the outset, we are taught that this is “our new story” – that it includes all of us and has included us all, from the beginning.
It is because new immigrants and diverse ethnic and religious communities have found their place and acceptance in the American mainstream that the country, during the last century, survived and prospered despite being sorely tested with World Wars, economic upheaval and bouts with internal strife. During all this time we had to contend with anti-black, anti-Asian, anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant, and anti-Japanese movements. In the end, after creating their moment of pain, these efforts have always lost.
They lose, but they do not always go away. The Islamophobia we are witnessing today is the latest campaign by bigots to tear apart the very fabric of America. We know the groups promoting it. First, there is the well-funded “cottage industry,” on the right, of groups and individuals with a long history of anti-Arab or anti-Muslim activity. Some of the individuals associated with these efforts have been given legitimacy as commentators on “terrorism,” “radicalization” or “national security concerns” – despite their obvious bias and even obsession with all things Arab or Muslim (in this, they remind me of good old-fashioned anti-Semites who never tired of warning of Jewish threats or conspiracies or who while always claiming to like individual Jews, rallied against any and all Jewish organizations).
If these “professional bigots” have provided the grist, the mill itself was run by the vast network of right-wing talk radio and TV shows and websites and prominent preachers who have combined to amplify the anti-Muslim message nationwide. Their efforts have done real damage. They have tormented descent public servants, created protests that have shuttered legitimate institutions, fomented hate crimes and produced fear in the Muslim community.
In just the past two years, we have seen a dramatic upsurge in the activity of these bigots. More ominously, their cause has been embraced by national political leaders and by elements in the Republican Party – who appear to have decided, in 2010, to use “fear of Islam” as a base-building theme and a wedge issue against Democrats for electoral advantage.
In the past only obscure or outrageous Members of Congress (like: North Carolina’s Sue Myrick who expressed nervousness and insecurity because of “who was owning all those 7/11′s”; or Colorado’s Tom Tancredo who once warned that he “would bomb Mecca”) were outspoken Islamophobes. After the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee embraced opposition to Park 51 as a campaign theme, it is hard to find a leading Republican who has not railed on some issue involving Islam or Muslims in the U.S.
The net impact here is that this current wave of Islamophobia has both played to the Republican base, while firming up that base around this agenda. The polling numbers are striking and deeply disturbing. Fifty-four percent of Democrats have a favorable attitude toward Muslims, while 34% do not.  Among Republicans, on the other hand, only 12% hold a favorable view of Muslims, with 85% saying they have unfavorable views. Additionally, 74% of Republicans believe “Islam teaches hate” and 60% believe that “Muslims tend to be religious fanatics”.
The danger here is that to the degree that this issue has become a partisan and, in some cases, a proven vote getter for the GOP, it will not go away any time soon. The longer we are plagued by this bigotry, and the displays of intolerance it breeds (the anti-mosque building demonstrations or the anti-Sharia law efforts now spreading across the country) the longer young Muslims will feel that the “promise of America” does not include them – and they will feel like aliens in their own country.
It is this concern that has prompted many inter-faith religious groups and leaders and a diverse coalition of ethnic and civil rights organizations to so vigorously oppose Congressman Peter King’s (R-NY) hearings that will deal with the radicalization of American Muslims. They know, from previous statements made by King, of his personal hostility to American Muslims. They also know that what King is doing will only aggravate an already raw wound, creating greater fear and concern among young Muslims – who have already witnessed too much bigotry and intolerance.
What they should also know, is that in the process of targeting a religion in this way and engaging in this most “un-American activity” King and company are, in fact, opening the door for increased alienation and future radicalization. Al Awlaqi must be smiling from inside his cave.

Let me state quite directly: Islamophobia and those who promote it are a greater threat to the United States of America than Anwar al Awlaqi and his rag-tag team of terrorists.On one level, al Awlaqi, from his cave hide-out in Yemen, can only prey off of alienation where it exists. Adopting the persona of a latter-day Malcolm X (though he seems not to have read the last chapters of the “Autobiography” or learned the lessons of Malcolm’s ultimate conversion), he appears street-smart, brash, self-assured and assertive – all of the assets needed to attract lost or wounded souls looking for certainty and an outlet for their rage. Like some parasites, al Awlaqi cannot create his own prey. He must wait for others to create his opportunities, which until now have been isolated and limited – a disturbed young man here, an increasingly deranged soldier there.Islamophobia, on the other hand, if left unchecked, may serve to erect barriers to Muslim inclusion in America, increasing alienation, especially among young Muslims. Not only would such a situation do grave damage to one of the fundamental cornerstones of America’s unique democracy, it would simultaneously rapidly expand the pool of recruits for future radicalization.I have often remarked that America is different, in concept and reality, from our European allies. Third generation Kurds in Germany, Pakistanis in the UK, or Algerians in France, for example, may succeed and obtain citizenship, but they do not become German, British, or French. Last year, I debated a German government official on this issue. She kept referring to the “migrants” – a term she used to describe all those of Turkish descent, living in her country, regardless of the number of generations they had been there. Similarly, following their last election, a leading British newspaper commented on the “number of immigrants” who won seats – without noting that many of those “immigrants” were third generation citizens.   America has prided itself on being different. Being “American” is not the possession of a single ethnic group, nor does any group define “America.”  Not only do new immigrants become citizens, they also secure a new identity. More than that, as new groups become American and are transformed – the idea of “America” itself has also changed to embrace these new cultures.Within a generation, diverse ethnic and religious groups from every corner or the globe have become Americans, dramatically changing America in the process. Problems remain and intolerant bigots, in every age, have reared up against new groups, but history demonstrates that, in the end, the newcomers have been accepted, incorporated and absorbed into the American mainstream.This defines not only our national experience, but our defining narrative, as well. When immigrant school children in Europe learn French, German or British history – they are learning “their host’s” history. In the U.S., from the outset, we are taught that this is “our new story” – that it includes all of us and has included us all, from the beginning.It is because new immigrants and diverse ethnic and religious communities have found their place and acceptance in the American mainstream that the country, during the last century, survived and prospered despite being sorely tested with World Wars, economic upheaval and bouts with internal strife. During all this time we had to contend with anti-black, anti-Asian, anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant, and anti-Japanese movements. In the end, after creating their moment of pain, these efforts have always lost.They lose, but they do not always go away. The Islamophobia we are witnessing today is the latest campaign by bigots to tear apart the very fabric of America. We know the groups promoting it. First, there is the well-funded “cottage industry,” on the right, of groups and individuals with a long history of anti-Arab or anti-Muslim activity. Some of the individuals associated with these efforts have been given legitimacy as commentators on “terrorism,” “radicalization” or “national security concerns” – despite their obvious bias and even obsession with all things Arab or Muslim (in this, they remind me of good old-fashioned anti-Semites who never tired of warning of Jewish threats or conspiracies or who while always claiming to like individual Jews, rallied against any and all Jewish organizations).If these “professional bigots” have provided the grist, the mill itself was run by the vast network of right-wing talk radio and TV shows and websites and prominent preachers who have combined to amplify the anti-Muslim message nationwide. Their efforts have done real damage. They have tormented descent public servants, created protests that have shuttered legitimate institutions, fomented hate crimes and produced fear in the Muslim community.In just the past two years, we have seen a dramatic upsurge in the activity of these bigots. More ominously, their cause has been embraced by national political leaders and by elements in the Republican Party – who appear to have decided, in 2010, to use “fear of Islam” as a base-building theme and a wedge issue against Democrats for electoral advantage.In the past only obscure or outrageous Members of Congress (like: North Carolina’s Sue Myrick who expressed nervousness and insecurity because of “who was owning all those 7/11′s”; or Colorado’s Tom Tancredo who once warned that he “would bomb Mecca”) were outspoken Islamophobes. After the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee embraced opposition to Park 51 as a campaign theme, it is hard to find a leading Republican who has not railed on some issue involving Islam or Muslims in the U.S.The net impact here is that this current wave of Islamophobia has both played to the Republican base, while firming up that base around this agenda. The polling numbers are striking and deeply disturbing. Fifty-four percent of Democrats have a favorable attitude toward Muslims, while 34% do not.  Among Republicans, on the other hand, only 12% hold a favorable view of Muslims, with 85% saying they have unfavorable views. Additionally, 74% of Republicans believe “Islam teaches hate” and 60% believe that “Muslims tend to be religious fanatics”.The danger here is that to the degree that this issue has become a partisan and, in some cases, a proven vote getter for the GOP, it will not go away any time soon. The longer we are plagued by this bigotry, and the displays of intolerance it breeds (the anti-mosque building demonstrations or the anti-Sharia law efforts now spreading across the country) the longer young Muslims will feel that the “promise of America” does not include them – and they will feel like aliens in their own country.It is this concern that has prompted many inter-faith religious groups and leaders and a diverse coalition of ethnic and civil rights organizations to so vigorously oppose Congressman Peter King’s (R-NY) hearings that will deal with the radicalization of American Muslims. They know, from previous statements made by King, of his personal hostility to American Muslims. They also know that what King is doing will only aggravate an already raw wound, creating greater fear and concern among young Muslims – who have already witnessed too much bigotry and intolerance.What they should also know, is that in the process of targeting a religion in this way and engaging in this most “un-American activity” King and company are, in fact, opening the door for increased alienation and future radicalization. Al Awlaqi must be smiling from inside his cave.

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