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Jason Kenney on Kellie Leitch’s values test

‘I don’t think she’s ever thought deeply about these questions,’ Kenney says of former cabinet colleague Leitch


 
(CP photo)

(CP photo)

Maclean’s spoke to Jason Kenney this week from the road on his “Unity Tour” across Alberta. Among questions about leaving Parliament Hill after nearly 20 years, his provincial Progressive Conservative leadership ambitions, and the distinction between bad people and good parliamentarians, we asked his opinion on the immigrant values test proposed by federal Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch. Kenney’s response was edited due to space constraints in our print edition, but here it is in full.

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Q: You’ve made a few pointed comments about Kellie Leitch’s immigrant values test proposal. With your cabinet experience, what’s your take on the screening people have to go through? Is there a problem she’s perceiving that needs to be solved?

A: I have an enormous amount of experience in this area as multiculturalism minister for 10 years, focused on the broader and more abstract question of integration, then being minister of immigration responsible for screening and selection, and minister of citizenship—which is the ultimate expression of people’s integration. I’ve read and saw and experienced more than I think virtually anybody in Canadian politics about these issues, which is why I find her approach to be disingenuous.

I don’t think she’s ever thought deeply about these questions. She has certainly given no evidence of that. She never addressed or raised these questions in Parliament, in public, in caucus or in cabinet. She seemed only to latch on to this as a theme after her campaign was circulating some questions on an online poll that was probably designed to generate email addresses. I just find the whole approach a bit slapdash.

I think what concerns me is that these are extraordinarily sensitive questions that must be addressed with a great deal of nuance and prudence.

Having said that, I do believe there is absolutely space for legitimate debate in a liberal democracy about immigration selection, about screening, about integration. I thought a great deal, I researched and read widely on the question of how can we select people to identify those who might have profoundly illiberal attitudes, might regard women as property rather than people, or bring with them ancient prejudices or hatreds.

I concluded that quite frankly, for an open, liberal society— ultimately, a society that will not and should not discriminate on the grounds of race, ethnicity or country of origin—the best way to select people is based on their human capital. And then you do your best  to be a welcoming society and to encourage newcomers to integrate. That’s the kind of balanced approach that I tried to articulate.


 

Jason Kenney on Kellie Leitch’s values test

  1. The Kenney doll just got out-gunned.

  2. Hi Jason, as you get your eyes open after you’ve come out of the bubble that your Muslim handlers and Muslim Brotherhood ops as advisers have created for don’t worry the fog will clear. Most politician’s are to coward to deal with the truth. Here you go, if a Muslim tells you that they are not going to follow the commands of Allah or Muhammad and you believe it you need to educate yourself to what Islam really is. To follow what a Muslim will tell you is to aid Islam in it’s growth and strength. It isn’t about race, immigrates, culture or even Religion although Islam will use each of them to make gains if they can toward it’s Objective of Complete Domination. It is about an ideology that all Muslim’s hold and adhere to. The book is a book of War and it says all non-Islamic countries are houses of war.
    THIS IS WAY OBAMA CAN’T SAY ISLAMIC TERRORIST. Muslim’s don’t call killing infidels Terrorism. ….
    They call it a Duty, ordered by Allah.
    “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant”
    (Koran 8:39).
    Qur’an (3:28) – This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to “guard themselves.”
    Qur’an (2:225) – “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts”
    \Qur’an (40:28) – A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must “hide his faith” among those who are not believers.

    Qur’an (3:54) – “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means deceit. If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)
    Sahih Muslim 30: Mohammad said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no God but Allah”.
    “And when those who disbelieved devised plans against you that they might confine you or slay you or drive you away; and they devised plans and Allah too had arranged a plan; and Allah is the best of planners.” (Qur’an 8:30). (Thanks for reading this everyone, I hope it’s enough).

    • Another Instant Internet Scholar.

      You’ve never read the Quran, you have no understanding of the historical context, and you’ve selectively clipped quotes that serve your twisted purpose.

      Useless.

  3. Hi Jason, as you get your eyes open after you’ve come out of the bubble that your Muslim handlers and Muslim Brotherhood ops as advisers have created for you but don’t worry the fog will clear. Most politician’s are to coward to deal with the truth. Here you go, if a Muslim tells you that they are not going to follow the commands of Allah or Muhammad and you believe it you need to educate yourself to what Islam really is. To follow what a Muslim will tell you is to aid Islam in it’s growth and strength. It isn’t about race, immigrates, culture or even Religion although Islam will use each of them to make gains toward it’s Objective of Complete Domination. It is about an ideology that all Muslim’s hold and adhere to. The book is a book of War and it says all non-Islamic countries are houses of war.
    THIS IS WAY OBAMA CAN’T SAY ISLAMIC TERRORIST. Muslim’s don’t call killing infidels Terrorism. ….
    They call it a Duty, ordered by Allah.
    “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant”
    (Koran 8:39).
    Qur’an (3:28) – This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to “guard themselves.”
    Qur’an (2:225) – “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts”
    \Qur’an (40:28) – A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must “hide his faith” among those who are not believers.

    Qur’an (3:54) – “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means deceit. If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)
    Sahih Muslim 30: Mohammad said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no God but Allah”.
    “And when those who disbelieved devised plans against you that they might confine you or slay you or drive you away; and they devised plans and Allah too had arranged a plan; and Allah is the best of planners.” (Qur’an 8:30). (Thanks for reading this everyone, I hope it’s enough).

  4. Ah yes … Jason Kenney .. the man who lined his riding’s election war chest with funds raised from ethnic groups across the country. Neither he nor Leitch are fit to represent the people of this country.

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