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Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:01 pm Post subject: liberals trying to have jason kenney investigated
Tory MP may face ethics probe
Threat to cut Arab group's funding has Grit fuming
By ELIZABETH THOMPSON, NATIONAL BUREAU
The Ottawa Sun
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's threat to axe funding to a group whose leader called him a "professional whore", may be investigated by the Parliamentary ethics committee. (Sun Media/Stuart Dryden, file)
Arabic group could lose federal funding over insult
Should federal funding be cut off for saying hateful things?
OTTAWA -- Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is facing a possible investigation by Parliament's ethics commissioner in the wake of his threat to axe funding to a group whose president called him a "professional whore."
Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis has filed a complaint against Kenney with Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson, saying he believes the minister violated the parliamentary ethics code.
"I believe for the Minister to use his position and exert undue influence and or in this case instruct his officials to hold funding from such an NGO; this sets a bad precedent which clearly should not be allowed to stand," says a copy of the complaint obtained by Sun Media.
"With this move the Minister sends out a signal to community-based NGOs to toe the line or risk losing their funding."
Karygiannis, whose Toronto riding is served by the federation's settlement program, said funding for groups should be decided by civil servants based on the group's performance -- not on the basis of partisan politics.
Alykhan Velshi, spokesman for Kenney, described the complaint as "ridiculous" and said it was "disturbing" to see a Liberal MP standing up for a group that has made anti-semitic comments.
The controversy centres on a dispute between Kenney and the Canadian Arab Federation. Earlier this year, federation president Khaled Mouammar called Kenney a "professional whore" for supporting Israel.
Kenney shot back, saying groups whose leaders say intolerant or hateful things shouldn't get taxpayer money. Kenney said he has asked his department to weigh public comments made by groups when assessing their funding applications.
The Canadian Arab Federation has received $447,297 over two years to operate a settlement program in Toronto, teaching new immigrants language and job searching skills. Yesterday, department officials told MPs the group's grant is up for renewal and is being evaluated.
Catherine MacQuarrie, assistant ethics commissioner, said the ethics office will assess Karygiannis' complaint.
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Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:02 pm Post subject:
sounds to me like the liberals are trying to punish jason kenney for the fact he is leading the successful conservative ethnic strategy especialy in the GTA and into ridings like the one held by the liberal mp who is trying to launch this rediclous complaint .
Karygiannis has an interesting background. One of the Liberal "socons", I had forgotten that he was once Volpe's campaign manager.
From the Wikipedia:
"Karygiannis was the National Chairman for MP Joe Volpe's campaign to lead the Liberal Party of Canada, but he resigned on July 21, 2006 over disagreements with Volpe's pro-Israeli stance on the conflict in Lebanon."
I don't recall where either Karygiannis or Vope stand in the "shadow cabinet". I am aware that Cotler was reputedly demoted (he belatedly got a human rights portfolio), and that Denis Coderre has a position. Coderre marched in an anti-Israel rally.
Another country affected by the war is Canada. Since the 1980s the Tamil Tigers have used Canada's refugee system to establish themselves here where they commit extortion and other crimes to raise money for weapons and supplies.
Helped by unscrupulous politicians like Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis, Canadian supporters of the Tigers successfully opposed having the group listed as a terrorist organization until Stephen Harper's Conservative government finally put them on the terrorist list last year.
Therre was some back and forth in the Commons recently between Peter Kent and Jim regarding the latter's presence at Tamil fundraising events.
Jim and several other GTA Liberal MPs attended a vigil on behalf of an assassinated Tamil Tiger leader here in Toronto. Basically big bad mean Harper labelling these people terrorists. They really have an issue with the Conservatives labelling the Tigers a terrorist organization.
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