Monday, December 19, 2005

Attention: Islam has taken over Mississauga, Canada

Canada: This is not a drill.

Toronto, Canada Monday, December 19, 2005 - On December 2, the Liberal candidate for Mississauga-Erindale, Omar Alghabra, made his victory speech after winning the nomination. In that speech, he reportedly exhorted his audience, "This is a victory for Islam! Islam won! Islam Won! ... Islamic power is extending into Canadian politics". Alghabra's victory speech was delivered to an audience of several hundred in the Coptic Christian Centre of the Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius in Mississauga. David Ragheb, a member of the congregation, reported that following Alghabra's victory speech, Markham Councillor Khalid Osman took to the stage and declared, "We have the east, we have the west, and now we have Mississauga!" to cheers and applause from the audience. Ragheb also reported that Rogers Cable was present throughout and may have filmed the event. "A member of parliament is supposed to represent my concerns about taxes and roads in Mississauga, not promote an Islamic agenda," said Ragheb.
More info and details here. I don't think this will make the Globe and Mail or Toronto Star if correct, I don't think it would matter anyway, multicult and all. I just realized he said this in a Coptic Church. A lot of them must have been thinking I left Egypt to escape this crap. Update# Omar Alghabra denies it.
"The Mississauga-Erindale federal Liberal candidate vehemently denies allegations he made pro-Islamic remarks during his victory speech at the nomination meeting earlier this month. Omar Alghabra, 36, said the allegations were simply "not true" and were "false and inaccurate. "I didn't say a thing about Muslims or Islam in my acceptance speech," said Alghabra, who took 488 of the 773 votes cast at the meeting Dec. 2. "I don't agree with mixing politics and religion. Yes, I'm a Muslim, but I'm also a Liberal, a man and an engineer. The whole thing is untrue." In a press release issued by the Canadian Coalition For Democracies yesterday, the organization alleges Alghabra said, "this is a victory for Islam. Islam won. Islamic power is extending into Canadian politics." Erindale resident Sheref Elsabawy, who was at the meeting, said he was "shocked" to hear Alghabra make several pro-Islamic remarks. Elsabawy, a 40-year-old senior network engineer and Coptic Christian who voted for Alghabra, said, "this was a big warning for us that we could be second class citizens (if Alghabra is elected). He has an agenda. "I feel embarrassed to have endorsed Omar to the Coptic Christian community," said Elsabawy. "We don't support candidates because they're a Muslim or Christian."
Someone must have been there with a camcorder or something, didn't anyone at the newspaper send a reporter to cover the event? Omar was the leader of the Canadian Arab Federation the group that ripped into the Liberal Party and Paul Martin for saying they were friends of Israel. I covered that in this post. This article by John Ibbitson a couple of days later showed that the Federation is looking to influence the Liberal party to be less Israel friendly by running candidates and even voting for the NPD and Bloc to make a point.

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