Canadian Muslim Voting Guide breached federal law: Elections commissioner
A voting guide intended for Muslim people living in Canada breaches federal law, says the country’s Elections commissioner.
In 2019, Wilfrid Laurier University published the taxpayer-funded Canadian Muslim Voting Guide, which apparently broke federal law, says Elections Commissioner Yves Cote, as reported by Blacklock’s Reporter.
The guide — which was financially backed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council — reportedly criticized opposition MPs for activities that “foment the kind of fear and moral panic that leads to violence and hate.”
The document also featured a government logo, which was later removed.
“Based on the information gathered during our review, the Commissioner has determined a violation was committed,” an investigator wrote in an internal document. No penalty was levied,” Cote stated Thusrday.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the Canadian Muslim Voting Guide was published Oct. 18, 2019 — three days before balloting. Researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University applied for and received a $24,923 grant to produce the guide, which featured “profiles of key public, media and political figures as well as organizations that produce and distribute Islamophobic ideologies and propaganda.”
Source: Sun Media | Toronto Sun