OTTAWA - An Arab community leader is incensed over an email from a Conservative campaign worker seeking people in "ethnic costume" to serve as props at an event with Stephen Harper.
The campaign team for Ted Opitz, the Tory candidate in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre, put out a call Tuesday night to the Canadian Arab Federation.
"The opportunity is to have up to 20 people in national folklore costumes which represent their ethnic backgrounds," the email said.Two observations: First, I don't know why he's going so ballistic. This is "multicultural" Canada, where "folkloric" attire is all the rage. Second, this is hardly the first time Khaled (a card-carrying Liberal) has been in a froth over something to do with Harper.
"These people will sit in front row behind the PM — great TV photo op."
It's not known if other cultural groups received the request. But the Arab federation's president, Khaled Mouammar, said he was so insulted he didn't respond to the email.
"I find it really regrettable that the Conservative party thinks that they can entertain themselves by parading, you know, people from ethnic communities in their traditional costumes to serve their interests only," Mouammar said...