I’ve covered enough shootings, terrorist attacks and the like to know that breaking news is fluid. What you hear one minute can change the next.
But now the people that often lecture us to wait for the fact are rushing to report that the suspect in the Quebec mosque shooting, Alexandre Bissonette, was a far right anti-immigrant bigot, all because he liked Donald Trump on Facebook.
Check out this tweet from CBC’s The National, the main news broadcast of the government funded state broadcaster.
Opinion: Inconvenient truth is that white, Christian men are Canada's mass shooters: @NeilCBC http://www.cbc.ca/1.3958772
Neil MacDonald is a contrarian who has done some good work, but is too often obsessed with smearing Israel or Republicans. Now, he writes a column that says it is the Christians that are the problem.
Can you imagine CBC allowing a column like that about Muslims convicted of terrorism?
On his list? Marc Lepine of the “Montreal Massacre.” He was born to an Algerian Muslim father and a French Quebecois Catholic mother. Lepine was baptized Catholic, never raised in the faith and an avowed atheist. But he must have walked by a church once or twice in Montreal, so he is a Christian for MacDonald’s purposes.
He also includes the Dawson College shooter, Kimveer Gill:
Born in Canada to an immigrant Sikh family. Neither white, nor Christian.
WATCH as I describe the other murderers on Neil MacDonald's list of "white Christians."
I don’t know if Bissonnette describes himself as a Christian. I could surmise that Bissonnette might be a Catholic because his Facebook page shows him “liking” a page about the late Pope John Paul II, but he also “liked” pages about super atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.
And because Bissonnette apparently made anti-immigrant comments he is far right? Do I need to remind everyone about the Parti Quebecois’ stance on immigrants…? Canadian history is full of racist Liberal government action towards immigrants.
Anti-immigrant sentiment unfortunately can be found anywhere. This jump to claim far right, with no proof just assumptions is as baseless as Neil MacDonald’s column.