9 criminal charges have been laid against 27-year-old Ayanle Hassan Ali for allegedly attacking, with a large knife, members of Canada’s military at a Toronto recruiting center. What happens to this case going forward within the criminal justice system?
After the stabbing attack, Ayanle Hassan Ali was heard saying “Allah told me to do this. Allah told me to come here and kill people”, and after Ali was charged with 9 criminal offences, including 3 of attempted murder, Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders warned “don’t go to that Islamophobic nonsense.” What exactly is Chief Saunders saying to Canadians? What is “islamophobic nonsense”? Is he saying that Canadians shouldn’t be connecting Ali with terrorism? Prime Minister Trudeau appeared to do exactly that when he tweeted Canada’s military members “would not intimidated by terror and hate.”
In November, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne accused Canadians, who challenged the federal government security screening of Syrian refugees, of masking racist tendencies. For that she was challenged by former B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh. Do Canadians need to be warned by public officials to not be abusive and engage in criminal activity against minority groups (assuming the Chief is directing his comment toward all Canadians)
Does the Toronto Chief of Police owe Canadians an explanation about how he defines “islamophobic nonsense” and do we have a right (all of us) to question our governments, the criminal justice system, police on matters which we may find of concern? Statscan reported a 17% drop in hate crimes nationally in ’13 vs ’12. Jews remain the most targeted Canadians for hate crimes.
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