To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next year, the federal government has given nearly $200,000 to an Ontario mosque.
As part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the Liberal government announced this week that $197,585 had been awarded to the Kitchener Masjid, to help with the Islamic centre’s $3.5 million renovation of its gymnasium and prayer space.
This isn’t just a run of the mill rec centre: it’s a mosque. And the manager of the centre said himself that his group wants the money “to transform the mosque to a proper place of worship.
Nowhere on the government program’s website does it say that the program is designed with places of worship in mind. In fact, the program says that churches can only apply if they will “confer a tangible benefit on a sufficiently large segment of the public or community.”
Two historic churches in P.E.I. were deemed ineligible for the program last year because they were functioning as churches, and not community centres.
Separation of church and state? Check. Separation of mosque and state? Never mind.
More concerning is that the Kitchener Masjid is owned by the Muslim Association of Canada, a group who funnelled money towards a Canadian organization, IRFAN-Canada, which had its charitable status revoked for funding Hamas, a terrorist group. MAC is an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, and is now getting government subsidies for mosques.
MAC has $16.1 million in revenue each year, and in the last decade has purchased 11 new properties across the country—one of which is worth nearly $5 million.
The Muslim Association of Canada doesn’t need taxpayer money to expand its empire even further.