At no time in Canadian political history is it truer than now, that the power of a Muslim Vote Bank could determine whether a party will form the government or sit in the opposition benches. We must acknowledge the politician who really gave meaning to the power of the Muslim vote – Jack Layton. The second politician who also deserves almost equal credit for giving meaning to the Muslim Vote Bank in Canada is our current Prime Minister, Honourable, Justin Trudeau. Ultimately, in 2015, he won the hearts and minds of Canadian Muslim voters.
The one party, however, that is still spinning its wheels in gaining any ground due to its own excess baggage from the Harper era’s divisive anti-Muslim agenda is the so-called Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). Then again, what can one expect from a so-called “CPC”. After all, it is just another fancy name for a repackaged Reform Party of Canada. It seems as if there is a serious lack of intelligence that reigns in the CPC elections planning and strategy department. They are unable to realize that they need to abandon their divisive approach and their anti-Muslim rhetoric.
If Mr. Andrew Scheer and his repackaged Reform Party’s best tool in their tool box is not to come across as an Islamophobic Party, then the only thing we could say is “good luck” – you will most certainly need it. Hopefully sanity will prevail at CPC and maybe after losing several elections some wise guy in CPC’s strategy department will realize that their best chance for forming government is to become a pro-Muslim party like the Liberals.
al Ameen, Surrey, 17/07/2019 – EDITORIAL