Hussen’s tough week

Ahmed Hussen, our MP, has had a very tough week. First, he was (to my mind, unfairly) criticized for speaking at The Suya Spot, “known as a criminal hangout”. The restaurant, according to the Globe and Mail, “has been frequented by members of the Neo Black Movement – also known as the Black Axe organized-crime group.”

More seriously, Hussen also said that the comments of Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s new Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services, were “not Canadian”. MacLeod had been asking the feds to pay more for illegal/irregular migrants into Canada.

Hussen said “Ontario sadly has chosen the language of fear and division…. They’ve intentionally chosen to use false language with respect to so-called queue jumping…. [It] is irresponsible, it is divisive, it is fear mongering, and it is not Canadian. And it is very dangerous. And that is the politics of fear and division that they have chosen to take. They are regurgitating the politics of fear and division that the Harper Conservatives peddled in Canada.”

MacLeod said she took “great offense” to being called un-Canadian,  said she wouldn’t be “bullied”, and she asked again for the feds to pay for the extra costs the province has borne. Michelle Rempel, Hussen’s federal critic, slammed Hussen—and made the whole situation worse by using even less parliamentary language:

Hussen’s needless combativeness is, unfortunately, in character. He regularly blames opposition politicians for the state of his department (he did so 15 times in just one long day), dodges their questions, and publicly rejects their ideas–even the ones he adopts.

Neither MacLeod nor her comments are unpatriotic. Quite the opposite. Nothing could be more Canadian than her suggestion to “sit down and have a nice cup of tea, calm down a little bit and maybe phone me and apologize”.

Hussen should follow her advice.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

7 thoughts on “Hussen’s tough week”

  1. A tempest in a tea pot IMHO- saying someone’s comments are un-Canadian is quite a different thing than saying someone is un-Canadian. And only in Canada would that be called “bullying”.

    1. I’m with Brigitte. While I’m not one to generally agree with our MP and his government, in this case he is perfectly right to call out the divisive immigration policies of the new Ontario government. To call his statements as somehow “un-Canadian”, as MacLeod has done, is an affront to our intelligence and a silly attempt to try and deflect attention away from provincial policies that are cruel and, yes, “un-Canadian”.

      1. Please Paul, 95% of canadians dont think its appropriate for people to simply cross the border into canada claiming to be running from donald trump. Good luck trying to walk into the US….if trudeau wants to allow folks to simply cross the border then he better give the cash needed to house these folks and have them shipped to other parts of Canada as oppose to just dumping everyone into toronto or montreal.

        1. Ok, what do you suggest we do? Build a wall? We also have international obligations re. refugees and their right to a fair hearing once they get here, however they get here. Are you suggesting we walk away from those UN agreements?

  2. “international obligations re. refugees “….thats right, REFUGEES. Those crossing at the US are not refugees and should be turned away and Trudeau should send a tweet out indicating that you cannot simply walk across the border. But Trudeau won’t because these individuals are not viewed as refugees to him, but rather voters for the liberals.

    1. Good grief! It’s a very sad day when otherwise passionate, engaged citizens — that’s a prop to you Anonymous — expect their elected leaders to TWEET out policy declarations and directives. And further expect government-by-tweet to achieve the desired results. Might as well shut down Parliament and the legislature and just elect Twits instead. PS How’s that working out for the Americans so far?

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