Islamophobia week in Canada

So this week Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Québécois, blew the big dogwhistle, alleging that the prime minister’s choice for new transport minister, Omar Alghabra, MP for Mississauga, is an Islamicist. This has caused a political reaction but the accusation is still there, even if condemned outright by Justin Trudeau.

I wasn’t sure I was going to post about that till reading this op-ed by J-F Lisée in Le Devoir, titled Une bonne semaine pour l’islam in which he hauls off at not only Alghabra, but also Bochra Manaï and the new CBC news anchor Ginella Massa, who wears hijab. Lisée’s stock in trade is to parade his xenophobia as a virtue, but – as Nora Loreto says on Twitter – “Jean-François Lisée is going to go full Atalante by 2022.”