I notice that when I look at our list of witnesses, there is one witness, the Canadian Immigration Report, that gives me a great deal of concern.
I have to say that I didn't know anything about this group before we got the notice for today's meeting, so like any MP in my position, I started to glance over their website. One of the first things I noticed about the website was that there was an article posted that praises Minister Kenney for being the most active and fearless immigration minister in recent history. I guess it is no surprise that the government would have put this name forward to appear at our committee on this study.
I want to be clear that I would normally never object to a government witness. After all, differences of opinion are healthy in a democracy. However, as I looked through this website, I got more and more concerned—appalled, I think would be the correct word. There is a section called “interviews”, in which this organization goes to the American Renaissance Conference and interviews some well-known white supremacist. There is a video of Paul Fromm, a notorious Canadian white supremacist with ties to the KKK, that is actually posted on this website. He says, and I am quoting again,
Certainly the policy in Canada is one of ethnic cleansing and replacement. By 2015, the European founding settler people will be a minority. We will have been...ethnically cleansed out of our own country.
In another video posted on the Canadian Immigration Report website, Tito Perdue says that black people would be more comfortable under segregation, and calls their poverty self-inflicted. I will quote Tito from the website. He says,
If you look at the civilizations that black people alone have created, they generally turn out to be a kind of hell on earth.
There are even more shocking words attributed directly to the witnesses before us. There is a post from the Canadian Immigration Report that seems to defend National Socialism, the ideology of the Nazis. Again, I am quoting.
This hate on for National Socialism is completely misguided…there is nothing inherently wrong with it at all.
I could go on and cite passages that seem to justify white nationalism, or point out an entire section of this website that links crimes to specific racial groups, but frankly, it is disgusting, and I refuse to give those views any more airtime.
Mr. Chair, I am quite shocked that government members have asked this group to testify before us. I would hope that you would agree with me that these views don't have any place at a parliamentary committee in one of the most diverse, open, and accepting countries on earth.
As I said, I could go on and read out a lot more from the website, but I cannot imagine anybody sitting around this table going to that website and then being comfortable having representatives from that group speak to us today.
I am asking for a ruling about whether that particular witness is going to be proceeding to give testimony here today.