Liberals call Jason Kenney “racist”

Liberals call Jason Kenney a racist for requesting ‘English to English’ translation of Minister Sajjan

National Post Staff | February 2, 2016 | Last Updated: Feb 3 9:08 AM ET
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Jason Kenney, left, was accused by Liberals of being "racist" over his request minister of defence Harjit Sajjan offer an "English to English" translation of his comments on the war in Syria.

Adrian Wyld/ The Canadian PressJason Kenney, left, was accused by Liberals of being “racist” over his request minister of defence Harjit Sajjan offer an “English to English” translation of his comments on the war in Syria.

Jason Kenney is fighting back against allegations he shouted something racist at his Liberal successor as defence minister during question period Monday.

Kenney, the Conservative MP for Calgary Midnapore, allegedly heckled the new defence minister Harjit Sajjan’s over his answer to a question about the Canadian mission in Syria.

The Liberals said Kenney yelled he needed an “English to English” translation of the minister’s response in order to understand the government’s convoluted stance on the mission.

Sajjan is Sikh and immigrated from India as a child, so many Liberals took Kenney’s words as barb related to the minister’s (very subtle) accent.

One Liberal rose on a point of order to ask Kenney to apologize, which he refused, saying: “There’s nothing to apologize for and he would encourage the minister to explain” the government’s plans for the international fight against ISIL.

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