After New Zealand, Tory cancels event with anti-Muslim speaker
By Janice Dickson
The Globe and Mail | March 16, 2019
Conservative MP Garnett Genuis says after the pair of deadly attacks in New Zealand he will no longer host an event on Parliament Hill featuring a guest speaker who drew sharp criticism from the Muslim community.
Muslim advocates said the guest speaker, Baroness Caroline Cox, promotes hate against Muslims, and she has also been accused of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said his organization wrote to both Mr. Genuis and co-host Conservative MP Kelly Block to ask them to reconsider holding the event, calling it “deeply concerning” when politicians associate with figures who espouse Islamophobic views, lending legitimacy to them.