Rejecting Jason Kenney the Neo-conservative Ideologue

Posted by admin on May 30th, 2010

Join No One Is Illegal for a Community Forum: (Part 1 of 2)

Monday June 14th, 2010 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm @ Learning Resource Room, Britannia Community Center  (West side of Commercial Drive at Napier Street)

Part 1: Rejecting Kenney the Neo-conservative Ideologue
Part 2: Resisting Kenney’s anti-immigrant policies (Date TBA)

Join No One Is Illegal for a community forum and discussion on Conservative MP and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney’s recent neoconservative attacks on lesbian, gay, trans, and queer communities; Muslim women; immigrants; and his ongoing support for Canadian military occupations and the Israeli apartheid regime.

Jason Kenney has repeatedly made comments about Canada not being a ‘hotel’ and wanting to get tough on immigrants who do not “integrate” or speak the (colonial) languages of English and French. Kenney also supports Quebec Bill C-94 that discriminates against women who wear the niqab (face veil) by denying them essential public services including health and education. This legislates the unequal treatment of Muslim women based on their choices of religious and personal expression.

In 2009, Kenney introduced a new citizenship guide which listed the obligations of citizenship as including getting a job and not engaging in “barbaric cultural practices”. The latter section is accompanied by an image of a woman wearing a hijab. Notably omitted from this new citizenship guide is mention of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people. It was later revealed that Kenney had deliberately removed LGBT references from the guide.

The guide does, however, make ample room for Canada’s military history and a recruitment advertisement given Kenney’s vocal support for imperialist wars and military occupations:
– Labeling Iraq war resisters as bogus refugee claimants.
– Barring British MP George Galloway, because of his opposition to the military occupation of Afghanistan.
– Pulling Canada out of the Durban World Conference Against Racism even before the apartheid state of Israel did.
– Cutting ESL funding to the Canadian Arab Federation due to their involvement in pro-Palestinian efforts.

Join us in a forum and discussion on the role of Jason Kenney and the Canadian government in supporting oppression and occupation.

* Mark the date: July 24 People’s March Against Jason Kenney:

* Part of an ongoing campaign The People v. Jason Kenney:

No One Is Illegal is calling on you to join a growing campaign of people across the country who are making it known that we will not accept Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney’s continuing violence against refugees and migrant workers, his racist attacks and tirades against immigrants, or his blatant acts of censorship of anti-occupation efforts.

The People v. Kenney
Freedom to move
Right to stay, and to Return
We are many.
Email or call 604.751.6990.

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