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National Council of Canadian Muslims cancel meeting with Canadian PM

The National Council of Canadian Muslims abruptly canceled a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims abruptly canceled a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The council accused the government of failing to protect Palestinians and not taking substantial action against hate crimes.

Broken Promises and Unfulfilled Commitments

The cancellation stems from the perceived negligence of Prime Minister Trudeau in following through on promises made during the 2015 election campaign. Commitments included an increased effort to prosecute hate crimes and adequate funding for programs aimed at preventing such acts. The absence of tangible progress has left the Muslim community disillusioned and disappointed.

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Ongoing Battle Against Islamophobia

Chief executive Stephen Brown, in a news conference, expressed concerns about the lack of substantive hate crime legislation and emphasized the need for real, tangible action to combat Islamophobia in Canada. The council contends that the government has fallen short in addressing the safety and security of the Muslim community.

Silence on the International Stage

Beyond domestic issues, the council is troubled by what they perceive as Canada’s reluctance to pressure Israel amid the conflict with Gaza. Canada’s recent divergence from its allies in refusing to call on Israel to comply with International Court of Justice orders has added fuel to the fire. The council accuses the government of compromising the integrity of the international rules-based order by challenging the premise of the case brought by South Africa against Israel.

Trudeau’s Shifting Image

Trudeau, who entered power in 2015 with a promise to bring a more humanitarian approach to governing, is now facing criticism for what the council sees as a broken promise. The image of Trudeau as a symbol of equality and tolerance has been tarnished in the eyes of many, particularly within the Muslim community.

Concerns about Aid to Palestinians

The council is also raising concerns about Canada’s decision to suspend funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which supports Palestinians. This move comes in response to allegations that agency staff played a role in a Hamas attack. While Ottawa claims it is a temporary pause, the council emphasizes the importance of delivering life-saving aid to Palestinians in Gaza and supporting those facing an uptick of violence in the West Bank.

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In response to the cancellation, Prime Minister Trudeau did not directly address the issue, and his office offered no additional comments. International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen assured that Canada would continue funding Palestinians through other channels, working with organizations like the World Food Programme, UNICEF, and others. However, the National Council of Canadian Muslims remains skeptical, pointing out discrepancies in the allocation of funds and collaboration with certain organizations.