"Muslims of Manitoba are very happy and honoured our province is embracing Islamic History Month," said Shahina Siddiqui, chairwoman of Islamic History Month Canada, in the news release.
"We are pleased to celebrate, inform, educate and share with fellow Canadians the Muslim cultural heritage and believe that through education and discussing positive stories we help build a more inclusive, compassionate and multicultural Canada."Ah, yes. You gotta love that inclusiveness, compassion and the multiculti palaver. Especially when it affords you the opportunity to come down hard on blasphemous Jews:
In January 2004, Shahina Siddiqui, executive director of the Islamic Social Services Association, filed a formal complaint against B'nai Brith Canada under the "discriminatory signs and statements" section of the Manitoba Human Rights Code.
After speaking with several people who attended a Winnipeg conference on terrorism hosted by B'nai Brith Canada in October 2003, she wrote that the event was biased against Muslims and would encourage the response teams in attendance to engage in racial profiling. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission (MHRC) accepted the complaint and began an investigation that would last five years. In 2009, the MHRC issued a report that dismissed the complaint due to a lack of evidence. MHRC vice-chairwoman Yvonne Peters subsequently wrote that "the full investigation of the complaint that took place was warranted" and that "the decision was based solely on the insufficiency of the evidence with respect to this particular section of the Human Rights Code."
An editorial in the National Post made several criticisms of the investigation:
- B'nai Brith Canada was never told of the identity of the people Shahina Siddiqui based her complaint on.
- It has never been revealed what exactly is alleged to have been said at the conference.
- MHRC investigator, Tracy Lloyd, spoke with seven anonymous witnesses, including one as late as November 2006. However, only one, a city of Winnipeg employee, shared Siddiqui's criticism that the conference was "one-sided." One of the witnesses, a diversity relations officer, stated that it was "pretty professional," and said police in general are capable of putting almost anything they hear into proper context.
- The MHRC commissioned a "secret expert report" but refused B'nai Brith's request to know the expert's identity, mandate or material provided. The secret report has still not been made public.