The attack on the Quebec City Mosque is a national tragedy. It was an attack on Muslims during prayer committed by Alexandre Bissonette. Charges have been laid but we still have very few answers for what could have motivated this young man to commit such a heinous crime.
But that hasn’t stopped the Media Party from trying to link this crime to Islamophobia, Donald Trump, Christianity, and right-wing beliefs, all despite a lack of information from either the police or the prosecutors.
Watch as I take a look at some of the headlines and tweets from Canadian media that all paint Bissonnette as a fan or supporter of far-right or alt-right inspired by Trump.
But those assumptions are based on the simple fact he “liked” certain Facebook pages.
So, what other Facebook pages did he like? Our Sheila Gunn Reid tweeted out an archive of the pages Bissonette “liked” and there we find the separatist Parti Quebecois, the Federal NDP, and the late Federal NDP leader Jack Layton too. For someone who was supposedly far-right, there are an awful lot of left wing and left leaning pages to like.
And the CBC’s Neil MacDonald suggests even in his now edited story that Bissonette was “likely Christian based on his name” but why would he like the Facebook pages of noted atheists Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins?
As the nation grieves, we cannot allow the Media Party to define the incident in order to push their agenda.