(David Menzies guest hosts for Ezra Levant, who is in London covering Tommy Robinson's ongoing trials.)
More reports are emerging of ISIS fighters returning to Canada, potentially without consequences, because evidently there are no laws on the books to charge Canadians going abroad to commit murder and mayhem in the name of the Islamic State.
While the federal government welcomes back terrorists – and in some cases, gives them multimillion-dollar payouts for hurt feelings — Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Dave Smith has tabled a private member’s bill to permanently remove those convicted of a terrorist offence from obtaining provincial services, such as free healthcare, an Ontario driver’s licence, or subsidized housing.
What a welcome response to Islamic terrorists compared to the hug-a-thug initiatives the federal Liberals are embracing.
Smith’s bill has a long way to go before it is proclaimed law. Already the chattering classes are pooh-poohing this initiative, noting that it would likely be deemed unconstitutional if put to the test.
A recent Global News report quoted Carissima Mathen, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Ottawa, as saying the bill could be in violation of Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects a person’s right to life... even if that person’s hobby is ending the lives of others.
She also said the proposed legislation is outside the mandate of the Ontario government, as violations of the Canadian criminal code are a federal responsibility.
Maybe Mathen is correct on both counts. But even if Smith’s bill is deemed unconstitutional, this is still a political win for the Ford PCs and indeed, the federal Conservatives.
Because with less than a year to go before the next federal election, would even Justin Trudeau dare go to bat for his jihadi pals by denouncing this bill or by invoking the Notwithstanding Clause to dismiss it?
NEXT: Catherine Swift from Working Canadians joins me to talk about Trudeau's latest carbon tax shenanigans.