Tories Fund Program Hoping to Combat ‘Honour’ Crimes in Canada’s Muslim Community

Adrian Humphreys, National Post, September 5, 2013

Kellie Leitch, the federal Status of Women Minister who is also an orthopedic surgeon, uses her experience in the operating room to explain the delicate reasons for the government’s special funding announcement Thursday to combat “honour” crimes in Canada’s Muslim community.

“Not every broken elbow is the same and I take a different approach in the operating room to fixing certain types of fractures of the elbow depending on what might need to be addressed,” she said in an interview Thursday.

“And I think we see those differences amongst ethno-cultural groups as well,” she said, noting different communities often deal with different family violence issues.

“They are different amongst different ethnic groups; they are different amongst different cultural groups. They require, sometimes, a different approach.”

With that as backdrop, Ms. Leitch announced $306,040 in federal money for a project to curtail domestic violence linked to cultural practices among some Muslim families.

“I think Canadians and Canada is a very open and generous country and we don’t want to extend—and we don’t extend—any tolerance to harmful cultural practices: spousal abuse, killing in the name of so-called ‘honour’, female genital mutilation,” she said.

There have been a number of high-profile crimes in Canada in recent years linked to the notion of honour or custom imported from abroad, usually by men against female family members out of a feeling the victim brought dishonor or shame to the family.

Only last year Mohammad Shafia, Tooba Mohammad Yahya and Hamed Mohammad Shafia, the Afghan parents and brother of three teenage girls, were convicted of first-degree murder for killing the girls and the patriarch’s first wife. Their bodies were found in a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal just outside Kingston, Ont.

In 2007, 17-year-old Aqsa Parvez was strangled to death by her father, Muhammand, at the family’s home in Mississauga, Ont., in December 2007, after moving away from her strict Muslim family to live with a friend and refusing to wear the hijab head-covering.

In a case more than a decade earlier, Adi Abdul Humaid of Ottawa even appealed his conviction for stabbing his wife to death on the grounds he was not only provoked, but justified under cultural and religious norms. His appeal was refused.

The government has previously said there are at least 19 honour killings on record in Canada.

“This funding is really an opportunity, a call to action for grassroots organizations to be involved,” said Ms. Leitch, so the list of such crimes does not grow longer; “so we can start to decrease, and in an ideal world eliminate completely, the violence.”

The money will fund a two-year, national project by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women for both community training and to develop, distribute and promote programs and tools for community use.

The CCMW was founded in 1982. Since 2000, it has received more than $1.2-million in federal government funding. The organization has repeatedly spoken out against such crimes.

“There is zero tolerance in our faith for the murder of another human being,” said Alia Hogben, executive director of the CCMW at the time of the Shafia murder trial.

“Many women and girls in Canada will benefit from this project,” she said Thursday.

Ms. Leitch said the organization’s evidence-based approach and its reliance on empowerment though education appeals to her sense of academic rigour.

“It’s what they call a train-the-trainer program so that in local communities there will be individuals available to continue to educate and support women from the Muslim community who are experiencing these heinous crimes, these heinous acts of violence, so they can act on them right there in their community,” said Ms. Leitch.

“They are based in Canadian law but understanding the Muslim traditions and their cultural background so these women can take action to protect themselves.

“Some of these young women and even older women… don’t know Canadian law and don’t know that certain things happening to them is against the law, that they are inappropriate, that this truly is violence against them and a total abuse of their relationship.”

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  • APaige

    That is disrespecting the culture of the religion of peace. (Psst…let Muslims kill each other)

    • MekongDelta69

      That’s, “Religion Of Pieces

      TYVM

  • MekongDelta69

    Same solution as for “What To Do About Black Crime?” article.

    Get rid of muslims

    • NorthSea

      $1.2 million for “speaking out?” Nice gig.

  • Anglokraut

    My boyfriend is Canadian, and as I, atheist. He has the right attitude towards the Indians (drunken parasitic load-stones around the necks of Canadians, thanks to some poorly-worded treaties written 500 years ago) and Africans (phony degrees bought from phony universities does not a network engineer make) but his attitude towards Muslims is more like a challenge to get them to talk of their infallible religion–and point out the contradictions, or eat bacon in front of them. He’s already got one Muslim co-worker to go atheist, and another is primed to eat bacon. I just worry that one day he’ll finally meet the true-believer-who-kills-atheists…

  • The best way to combat honour crimes in Canada’s Muslim community is for Canada not to have a Muslim community.

    Because…Canada.

    • IstvanIN

      One race, one realm, one ruler.

      • That doesn’t work out very well when the ruler is a certifiable lunatic. Blaming Jews for starting World War One (I was under the impression it was Orthodox Serbs, Orthodox Russians and Catholic Austrians) and then deliberately causing Germany to lose it was nonsensical, especially in light of the fact that it was Walter Rathenau – a Jew – who organized German industry and finance for the protracted war in spite of serious labor shortages produced by mass-conscription and the lack of key raw materials caused by the British naval blockade.

        • IstvanIN

          Who was a lunatic? Nicholas, Franz Joseph, or Wilhelm? None of the above as far as I can see. At any rate you completely missed by point, most countries are better off with one ethnicity and one sovereign.

          Take Japan, a single nation, overwhelmingly Japanese, with one Emperor to who truly can represent the entire nation.

          Now take the US: an increasingly poly-glot, multi-ethnic, multi-racial cess pool with a head of state who only represents his party, his race and his masters.

          • I was referring to Hitler for the second go-’round, but Nicholas and Franz-Josef certainly come perilously close for having wrecked their respective nations over Bosnia-Herzegovina, a territory anyone with any sense would have called irrelevant. Wilhelm’s tolerating his army planners ordering the invasion of Belgium over an Austro-Russian conflict also seems pathological.

            And yes, the United States is tragically similar to Austria-Hungary. Just replace “Viribus Unitis” with “E Pluribus Unum” and you have it.

          • IstvanIN

            WWI was tragic and it is too bad cooler heads didn’t prevail after the Arch Duke’s assassination. The monarchs were pulled into the war by numerous factors. That being said without WWI Austria-Hungary might have evolved into a commonwealth under the Hapsburgs. Remember, each ethnic group had its own territory, unlike the US where the government forces everyone onto everyone else.

          • Anglokraut

            I’m glad people are remembering the Great War, especially since the 100th anniversary of the start is less than a year away. That war makes me furious though–it was absolutely avoidable, and the root of just about every other conflict that came after it.

          • Wethepeople

            Caused many, many, many dead white men too… Far to many dead whites.

  • Spartacus

    Here’s an idea – stop letting the pedophile worshipers in your country !

  • kjh64

    How about not having muslims in the country in the first place?

    • Spartacus

      But aren’t you afraid the lack of diversity might wither the harvest ?

  • NorthernWind

    We wouldn’t have this problem if you blithering fools in charge didn’t let them in.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “With that as backdrop, Ms. Leitch announced $306,040 in federal money for a project to curtail domestic violence linked to cultural practices among some Muslim families.”

    The cost of diversity in this instance – $306,040 of taxpayer money to fix a problem rather than build a FUTURE.

    This is s drop in the bucket, but that bucket of wasted wealth gets dumped into a creek that runs into a river that empties into an OCEAN of wasted wealth on parasites.

    Go to the moon again? Build a space elevator? Guard the planet against rogue asteroids? Invest in alternative, sustainable energy systems and implementation? Dream great dreams achievable only by a bright and productive society…then build these monuments?

    Naw…gotta deal with the excrement of diversity.

    • Anglokraut

      Good point about stifling our own advancement to further “diversity”. I suppose the only country even close to giving us an idea of what an intelligent, homogeneous population can do, is Japan; and even they were pretty backward until 150 years-or-so ago.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        It’s the opportunity cost of this garbage that is the true tragedy.

  • David Ashton

    A “truly” multicultural society must accept “truly” different “cultures” in toto. But sometimes the contradiction in terms is too much even for “liberals”.

  • RisingReich

    I know we all on here are have much higher levels of intelligence than the average, but wouldn’t it just be more effective to take this money and use it to flush the toilet on these towel-headed turds?

    Are we that much smarter or are they that obtuse?

  • borogirl54

    I personally think that there is no set definition of honor in the Muslim culture. It is just an excuse to kill women and girls who do not conform to their backwards culture.

  • truthteller

    same problem

    • Anglokraut

      Ah, but Stephen Harper is pretty dreamy!

  • White Mom in WDC

    Another culture, another shade of turd. Muslims suck

    • Anglokraut

      Oh, White Mom, I love how you just lay it out there!

  • Sick of it

    Seems like it would be cheaper to deport muslims and refuse muslim immigrants entrance.

  • Anglokraut

    Alberta is an incubator of conservative politicians–that’s where the Canadian Alliance (Reform Party) developed, and they took over the Conservative Party. And they aren’t even the farthest -right option in Alberta–there’s also the Wild Rose Party.

  • Hans Schneider

    If Canada were more selective about which immigrants to bring or not to bring in then a lot of money could be saved.

  • skara_brae

    Arriving from overseas at Toronto’s Pearson International airport passengers are greeted by eleven huge cut-outs of children holding “Welcome to Canada” signs. Not one of the eleven children is white.
    That says all you need to know about present-day Canada.

  • HamletsGhost

    The one thing those dead women could have used to save their lives would be to have a loaded pistol hidden in their burqas. But of course, benign tolerant liberal Canada wouldn’t think of using such barbaric American cowboy methods to protect their precious “womyn”.

  • Greg Thomas

    They should conduct a “federal study” to find out why they let these sick animals into the country in the first place. That would be money well spent.

  • jackryanvb

    The Muslim/Black African custom of “female genital mutilation” is always a winning issue for us, same with low class Black, Latrino gangs custom of dog fighting. Alien, immigrant folks who force female genital mutilation on little girls, well even the SPLC, CNN, NPR have a hard time spinning things that these alien immigrants are the good guys and anyone who objects is just a racist bad guy.

    • The $PLC is just a racket. How many other 501(c) organizations bank their money offshore? By their own admission, the $PLC classifies as “hate” groups patriot organizations that “do not engage in violence or other criminal activities and are not racist”. In 1994, the Montgomery Advertiser ran a series of articles showing the $PLC’s corrupt financial management and dishonest fundraising promotion. They spend twice as much on fundraising as they do on legal assistance for actual crime victims, and Steven Bright – also an attorney and civil rights activist – called Morris Dees “a con man and a fraud”.

  • William Krapek

    That’s right. Don’t coddle these psychos. They know exactly what they’re doing.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Of course. Education spending in USA more than doubles since 1970. Results?

    NOTHING. Why? To prove we are all equal.

    Well, we’re not and the money/wealth lost has got to be far more than good old fashioned corruption and graft.

    Down the toilet and off to the ocean.

  • Ella

    “Ms. Leitch announced $306,040 in federal money for a project to curtail
    domestic violence linked to cultural practices among some Muslim
    families.”

    We already know that these federal grants cannot alter archaic, Muslim traditions. It’s about lining pockets of liberals who aim to serve the elite and to be rewarded.

  • emiledurk16

    I guess Canadians don’t appreciate the “benefits” of diversity as much as they should.
    Don’t honor killings and mutilation enrich their society?