The former Parti Québécois Minister and new Bloc Quebecois leader Martine Ouellet apparently wants to be better known in the worst possible way.
She achieved fame last week with an attack on NDP leadership aspirant Jagmeet Singh, which drew condemnation inside and outside Quebec.
Ouellet has been blamed Jagmeet Singh being as “promoting” his religion. “His primary values are related to his religion,” she claimed based on no evidence at all.
Montreal MP Alexandre Boulerice, the NDP’s Quebec lieutenant, contested Ouellet’s views, calling Quebec “tolerant and inclusive.” Other MPs made similar comments.
But the most devastating condemnation came from Rimouski MP Guy Caron, a leadership competitor to Singh. Caron call Ouellet’s remarks “prejudiced” and challenged her understanding of secularism and Quebec history. And that, in Quebec politics, is the ultimate burn.
It is not a first time when Jagmeet Singh facing crticism from all the way. On Sept. 6, an incident at Singh’s campaign event in Brampton, went viral and has been viewed millions of times in Canada and around the world. Moments into the event, an angry white woman interrupted Singh and shouted Islamophobic and vitriolic statements at him, and physically gesticulated, demonstrating her feeling of entitlement — to space, voice and position – in relation to others at the event.
But his cool-under-pressure reaction to being confronted by an angry heckler is just one of the reasons Singh is considered to be the favourite contender for leadership of the federal New Democratic Party.
He asked his followers to to chant: “Love and courage.” This was how he tackle hate of his lady against Islam with love and peace. Jagmeet Singh was admired for his undoubtedly courageous speech.
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