Jason Kenney has been Premier of Alberta for just four months and already his UCP government has taken an axe to many of the things that matter most to Albertans. Since being sworn in as Premier on April 30th, 2019, Kenney and his government have already cut Gay Straight Alliances in schools, taken $1,120 off of the paycheques of young workers, cut corporate tax rates ensuring that corporations are able to rake in $348 million in tax breaks in the first year of his mandate, and set up a government-funded "war room" to counter oil sands critics using $30 million in government funding. These are just some of his worst statistics since taking office in April:
The recent passage of Bill 21 in Quebec, which effectively bans teachers and other provincial employees from wearing the hijab, continues in the legacy of discriminatory policy that is based on the securitization of Muslims in Canada. Put simply, expressions of Muslim identity are portrayed as a threat to security in Western societies, including Canada. Such Islamophobic overtures have been catapulted into the public discourse in recent years with the mainstreaming of right-wing political ideas that rest on the demonization of Muslims. As political leaders verbalize (unfounded) anxiety around cultural and political assertions by Canadian Muslims, the community continues to experience elevated levels of anti-Muslim hate and violence. The Quebec City mosque shooting is among the deadliest incidences of domestic terrorism in Canada. Hate crime statistics between 2016 and 2017 indicate a 151% increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims.
In May, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden caused a small media storm when comments he made that he had no empathy for millennials who argue they face more difficult economic circumstances than previous generations circulated on social media. Biden was only the most recent public figure to weigh in on what’s become a hot topic over the past few years.