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Trudeau Gov’t Kept A Lid On Marouf Scandal For A Month

Does CIJA owe Canadian Jews an apology?

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Deputy Conservative leader Melissa Lantsman scorched the Trudeau government: “They knew for a month. The Prime Minister knew. The Heritage Minister knew. The Diversity Minister knew. They continued to fund a well-known antisemite. Why is no one being fired for this? #cdnpoli” (Image: Twitter)

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TheJ.ca hates to say ‘we told you so’, but we did.

From the very beginning of the Laith Marouf scandal, we smelled a big stinking cover-up by the Liberal government. And now the mainstream media in Canada has caught on.

“PM’s office knew of derogatory tweets a month before contract was cancelled” was the blaring headline in the Globe and Mail.

The ruling party sat on this for a month, trying to calculate how they could weasel out of being caught lining the pockets of Jew-hating, French-hating, Aboriginal-hating, Canada-hating Laith Marouf with taxpayer’s dollars. 

Thornhill MP Melissa Lantsman made their crime of complicity clear on Twitter: “It took two days to cut $ to Hockey Canada. It took one week to cut $ to WE charity It’s not incompetence It’s not thinly veiled antisemitism, masquerading as anti-Zionism. It’s absolute silence on Jew hatred by a government that clearly condones it.”

Former Ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici, who has been a loud and clear voice in demanding the Trudeau government tell the truth, replied by repeating a view we have also shared- the funding of this  loathsome, vile radical activist was an inside job.

“Of course they knew. And, if I may, I think that you’re probably being charitable. I’d like to know who introduced Mr Marouf to this govt. cold call? Ha! I think not. Someone vouched for him. When he was exposed they circled the wagons. Why? Why are they protecting him?”

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As Bercovici made clear, “they are protecting whoever introduced him to the inner circle of power.”

There was a quote from Quilette editor Jonathan Kay in our first story about Heritage Canada’s funding of Marouf to work as an “anti-racist” consultant that stands out now:

“something completely bizarre about this story. Six months ago, the ruling class absolutely lost its mind about a confederate flag on a truck. Now you’ve got the guy running anti-racism programs for the govt ID’d as a massive anti-Semite, and it’s like “oh yeah we’ll look into it”

Terry Glavin observed, “the Marouf Affair isn’t a one-off thing. It’s more of a reflection of the weird milieu the Trudeau government has nurtured in what it claims is necessary “anti-racist” policy and programming.” 

The antisemites and Trudeau apologists piled on Lantsman, exhibiting a disturbing resentment towards her exposing in Parliament that the antisemitism of the progressive left has embedded itself inside Heritage and Diversity bureaucracies in Ottawa.

“AGAIN, stop wasting my money! Do something useful for us, Canadians. Stop attacking the PM for this non-sense. Girl, not hard to do your job properly”, tweeted @RobertLesage4 from Montreal.

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Then again, as @OrphWettenhall explained to Prof. Michael Geist on Twitter, such a response coming from Montreal is par for the course:

“All Heritage Ministers in this government have been from Quebec. The Liberal government uses the Heritage Portfolio to pander to Quebec. And Marouf is hardly a Quebecois anomaly; anti-Semitism is as baked into Quebec nationalism as it a salient feature of the NDP. In addition, as you will have discovered, there isn’t an ounce of leadership within the Department of Canadian Heritage.  The senior executives are at best beholden to the Minister.  There is no longer “courageous advice”, only “loyal implementation”.”

In a sharply worded column on his website, Geist stated the following:

I have written about the embarrassing solitary Canadian Heritage hearing, in which (Diversity) Minister Ahmed Hussen was evasive in answering questions and the time for discussion with department officials was lost over an unnecessary hour-long debate over whether to call Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez to committee. 

There can be no further evasion. If the Heritage committee does not conduct oversight over Heritage programs and department responses, who does? All relevant officials must step up and appear. Indeed, there are now so many questions that dealing with anything other than this or Hockey Canada at the Heritage committee is an abdication of responsibility.

Geist isn’t the only one asking questions like “What are/were the consequences for officials involved? For the Minister? For those defending remaining silent?”

From a Commons Committee hearing: “Hon. Ahmed Hussen won’t name Canadian Heritage execws who thought it was a good idea to hire “anti-hate” advisor who fantasized oN Twitter about shooting Jews.” Blacklock’s Reporter. (Image: @minding Ottawa)

TheJ.ca posed the same questions in our second column – “Will the people who had anything to do with Marouf’s funding being approved – and the 8 day stall after the scandal broke before it was suspended – be put under the microscope?”  

Mark Goldberg explained how deep the hole is that the Trudeau government has dug for itself:

“I directly approached a Liberal MP in mid-July with information about my concerns. As the Globe and Mail has now reported, this information reached the Prime Minister’s office nearly immediately. However, it wasn’t until a month later, after social media amplified the story, that there was any official government reaction. It took another week until the Prime Minister addressed the issue.

“It simply isn’t credible that its delay in responding was because the government needed to consult with lawyers to look at how it could unwind the arrangements. Lawyers weren’t required to look at the “vile” tweets and come out with a statement.” He also mentions that the CRTC somehow also have paid out $600,000 to Marouf. 

PMO Knew And Said Nothing

The Globe and Mail boiled down Marouf’s barrage of antisemitism online to “derogatory comments”, and the newspaper got roasted as a result. (Image: Twitter)

We asked other questions for our third column about the handling of the Marouf scandal that are still making so-called “stakeholders” squirm. I asked the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – CIJA, the lobby arm of Jewish Federations – about their dealings with the Liberal government in the early stages as this unfolded.

From these answers, I learned:

1. The Minister gave CIJA no assurance the grant approval wasn’t a calculated action by anti-Israel or antisemitic elements in Ottawa.

2. Instead of addressing the government’s 8 day stall to crisis-manage the bad press Hussen and Rodriguez were getting, CIJA talked about vague “systemic failures”.

3. When asked whether Israeli-Canadians should buy that this was all just an innocent “error”, CIJA swerved their language to make it seem like they answered the question.

For CIJA, L’Affair Marouf boiled down to:

a) An “error” that has nothing to do with bad actors inside Ottawa.

b) It’s the fault of antisemites who are outside the government, never inside.

c) Trust CIJA because they are working on it right now with Hussen and the government.

As we’ve stated before, no matter what the question posed by TheJ.ca, CIJA simply would not criticize the Trudeau government.I followed up with more questions, and in response at press time we were provided an unrelated statement attributed to their CEO, Shimon Koffler Fogel, which ended “this is a great example of how – when government and stakeholders work together – real progress can be made.”

Unfortunately for CIJA, in the last week we learned about even more outrageous government conduct that substantiates what TheJ.ca suspected- there’s been a panicked cover-up to salvage the Ministers responsible.

Liberal MP Anthony Housefather said in August: We need a thorough review & measures taken to stop this happening again.” Based on what we now know, he’s heading to a showdown with the government caucus to make sure the antisemites inside Heritage are rooted out. (Image: Twitter)

According to an article by Darshan Maharaja, which includes a direct statement in the domestic Arabic media from Marouf himself:

“… in ‘vetting’, the direction of approach is from the candidate to the selector. But now there is reason to believe that in the case of CMAC / Laith Marouf, the direction may have been the opposite.

As Mark Goldberg revealed on October 7 via his tweet (quoting an article in the Arabic publication Annasher on September 22, 2022), it was the Ministry of Heritage that approached CMAC to submit an application WITHIN 4 DAYS OF CONTACT  – even though there were no ‘funding packages available’ to CMAC to do so.” 

And, apparently, Marouf got the entire $133,000 in advance.

https://darshanmaharaja.ca/laffaire-laith-marouf-gets-murkier/

So there was no remaining funding for Hussen to “suspend”- which CIJA trumpeted as a victory for their efforts. It was a bluff.

The truth is, that’s why the government was stalling for 30 days, and that’s why the actual Heritage Minister involved, Pablo Rodriguez, is being shielded from appearing before the parliamentary committee.

Going back to our analysis of CIJA’s response, here is what they missed:

Enlisting Marouf as a paid consultant WAS a calculated action. There was no “error”. His selection was deliberate. The delay was 30 days not just 8. There are anti-Zionist activists allied with Marouf INSIDE the government.

One might ask CIJA if they should apologize to their donors from our  Jewish Community. Because there was no progress. 

Except for those wishing to advance the Liberal cover-up.  

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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