Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer publicly upbraided one of his caucus members for criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “cult of diversity.”
After equivocating for days over a series of tweets issued by Quebec Member of Parliament Maxime Bernier that roundly criticized Trudeau’s “extreme multiculturalism,” on Wednesday night, Scheer issued a statement accusing his colleague of using “identity politics” that are divisive.
After pointing out that Bernier “holds no official role in caucus and does not speak for the Conservative Party of Canada on any issue,” Scheer writes that “… I disagree with politicians on the left and the right when they use identity politics to divide Canadians … I will not engage in this type of politics.”
He continues, “Conservatives celebrate Canada’s diversity and a Conservative government will continue to welcome those from all over the world who choose to come here because of the society we have built.”
But Bernier, who has been defended by other Conservative MPs and some Canadian journalists, apparently ignored the rebuke from his leader. He continued to deride the Liberal Party’s blanket support of diversity without even defining what the concept means. He asked why a park in Canada was recently dedicated to the founder of Pakistan.
Canada under extreme Liberal multiculturalism: While a statue of our country’s founder is being removed in one city, a park was recently named after Pakistan’s founder in another, in the presence of M103 Liberal MP sponsor.
Pakistan independence from India led to 1M deaths. https://t.co/5mGYDZZ4LX
— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) August 15, 2018
Khalid, who is also under fire from the Jewish human rights group B’nai Brith for giving a certificate of appreciation to a Muslim organization accused of fostering anti-Semitism, is the author of a notorious motion currently being presented before a Parliamentary committee that would “condemn Islamophobia.”