Ontario's first gay premier Kathleen Wynne and her Islamist allies | Toronto SUN column
- "Now that she [Kathleen Wynne] is the premier and has promised to “reach out” even more, what are the chances of conservative, Sharia-backing Muslims having even more access to the premier’s office? Will Valley Park Middle School, that Wynne boasts of as one of her proud accomplishments, become a model for all Ontario public schools? Will the Friday ritual prayer asking Allah to bring victory to Muslims and defeat the “Kufaar” (Jews and Christians) ring out from all of them?"January 29, 2013Now that Kathleen Wynne is premier, will Valley Park Middle School, with its Friday Muslim prayers, become a model for all Ontario public schools?Tarek FatahAs Ontario Liberals converged on Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens to elect their new leader, Kathleen Wynne’s team sent out a mass e-mail to delegates seeking their support. Nothing extraordinary, except this message was filtered so it would not reach all delegates, only the roughly 100 Muslims among them.Here is part of that message:“Dear Muslim Delegates, Assalamu Alaikum:“We appeal to you all to join us in supporting Kathleen Wynne to become the leader of OLP and thus next premier of Ontario … She had openly defended Muslims’ religious rights for Friday prayers in Valley Park Middle School in her riding.”The bulk e-mail was followed by a direct letter from Wynne to Muslim delegates touting her credentials, specifically noting her support for “the Muslim prayer issue at Valley Park Middle School.”The fact many Liberal Muslims had vociferously opposed the mosque-in-school initiative was lost on Wynne. This was actually a case of a Liberal candidate choosing to abandon Liberal Muslims in a bid for Muslim support.The e-mail touting Wynne as a good-for-Muslims-candidate was signed, among others, by Abdulhuq Ingar, the man behind the establishment of the Mosque in Valley Park Middle School.Salma Siddiqui, president of the Muslim Canadian Congress and a lifelong Liberal, was indignant.“The hypocrisy of these Islamists is appalling. They (dislike) Irshad Manji because she is a lesbian, but endorse Wynne?” she asked. “How can Ingar, a supporter of Sharia law, which among other things considers gays as worthy of outright contempt ... become a spokesman for Wynne?” asked Siddiqui.Wynne and Ingar were not always that close. In fact, in December, 1999 they found themselves on the opposite sides of a raging debate on same-sex education, when the Toronto District School Board passed its Anti-Homophobia and Sexual Orientation Policy.Ingar was part of a “multi-faith coalition to endorse 11 candidates” for the 2,000 school trustee elections, with the intention of overturning the TDSB policy on homosexuality.The GTA mosque establishment threw its weight behind the movement supported by Ingar, but all of its candidates lost in 2000, while Wynne came back as a school trustee.In 2003, Wynne was elected as MPP and Ingar apparently saw more to gain by supporting her than opposing her.In 2007, as president of the local mosque, he campaigned for Wynne to be re-elected to the Ontario legislature in Don Valley West.He did so even though Wynne’s opponent, then Progressive Conservative leader John Tory, was advocating public funding of Islamic and other religious schools.Soon after Wynne’s victory, Ingar landed a political appointment with the Liberal Party Caucus, an arm of the Premier’s Office.With Wynne’s blessing as education minister, Ingar and the mosque instituted Muslim Friday prayers in the cafeteria of Valley Park Middle School.Now that she is soon to be the premier and has promised to “reach out” even more, what are the chances of conservative, Sharia-backing Muslims having even more access to the premier’s office?Will Valley Park Middle School, that Wynne boasts of as one of her proud accomplishments, become a model for all Ontario public schools?Will the Friday ritual prayer asking Allah to bring victory to Muslims and defeat the “Kufaar” (Jews and Christians) ring out from all of them?