Muslim group sues Canadian prime minister for Libel

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

A Canadian Muslim group, The National Council of Canadian Muslims(NCCM) is suing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for defamation, alleging his spokesman linked the group to terrorism in January.

It all begin in January after the NCCM asked the Canadian Prime Minister’s office to exclude Rabbi Daniel Korobkin in the official delegation that accompanied Harper to Israel.  Rabbi Daniel Korobkin had hosted anti-Muslim bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer at an event in Toronto.

The prime minister’s communications director, Jason MacDonald, responded to the NCCM saying:

“We will not take seriously criticism from an organization with documented ties to a terrorist organization such as Hamas.”

The NCCM wanted the Harper’s government to retract the comments or offer proof.  After receiving neither, the group filed a suit Monday.

Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization in Canada.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) was known as CAIR-CAN until it changed its name in 2013. Also in 2013 CAIR changed its name to Washington Trust Foundation, Inc. (WTF).

The National Council of Canadian Muslims claims it is independent from CAIR in the United States.  Point de Bascule shows chronologically the operating relationship between Hamas, CAIR, and CAIR-CAN from press releases, incorporation papers and trade-mark applications, CAIR leaders names listed as contact by CAIR-CAN, CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan affidavit that CAIR has direct control over CAIR-CAN activities, CAIR chapter list includes CAIR-CAN and an “In a Journalist’s Guide to Islam” conceived by CAIR-CAN in which the Washington-based CAIR is described as “CAIR-CAN’s parent organization” .

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