Conservatives pull witnesses from immigration committee following accusations of intolerance
By Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press September 26, 2012
OTTAWA – The Conservative government pulled two of its own witnesses from an immigration committee at the eleventh-hour Wednesday, calling material on the group’s website disgusting and un-Canadian.
The witnesses from the Canadian Immigration Forum — Madi and Julien Lussier — had been scheduled to appear, although they had not been publicly listed by the committee, for its first meeting of the parliamentary session.
NDP and Liberal MPs immediately balked at their presence as soon as they arrived at the committee, pointing to elements on the group’s website they called shocking. Several MPs on the committee are immigrants.
Sections of the site include one on so-called “Chinafication” and “Arabization,” and a video interview with Canadian white supremacist Paul Fromm and others from a conference of the “racialist” group American Renaissance.
The site is called the Canadian Immigration Report, with the title: “The impact of immigration and racial diversity on Canada and Canadians.”
A survey on the site asks how long immigration to the west should be halted.
“If you want to protect and preserve Canada, stop immigration for at least 50 years,” Madi Lussier writes.
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