Does it ever bother liberals that their crusades are often based on flat-out lies?
Authorities revealed on Monday that an alleged Islamophobic attack that was publicized by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau never happened.
On Friday, an 11-year-old Toronto girl claimed she was attacked by a man with a pair of scissors who attempted to cut off her hijab.
Prime Minister Trudeau excoriated the alleged incident, saying “That it not what Canada is, that is not who Canadians are. … this is a country of openness and welcome and not a country where that is in any way acceptable.”
The prime minister also declared, “We all need to remind ourselves of today and every day that we are better than this.” His remarks were reinforced by Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne.
This is a cowardly act of hatred, and it has no place in Ontario. This does not represent who we are. We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab.
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) January 12, 2018
“This is a cowardly act of hatred, and it has no place in Ontario,” Wynne wrote on Twitter. “This does not represent who we are.”
Toronto police confirmed on Monday that the attack never occurred, CBC reports.
“After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen,” the department said, adding that the “investigation is concluded.”
The alleged attack was treated as a hate crime. “These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and international attention,” police spokesperson Mark Pugash told reporters.
Pugash stated police gathered “evidence from a variety of sources” before concluding the accusation was untrue. He emphasized that the young girl will not face legal consequences.
Trudeau expressed relief at word that story was false.
“We have seen an unfortunate pattern of increased hate crimes in past months directed towards religious minorities, particularly towards women,” he said, and claimed such acts are “a warning sign of increased intolerance.”
The prime minister stressed, “We are a country that defends freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and people’s rights to go to school without being fearful or harassed. This is fundamental to who we are.”
Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui, a university professor who focuses on hate crimes Canadian Muslims, feared knowledge of the allegation’s falsehood will provoke more discrimination.
“Hate crimes toward Muslim people are real,” she said. “I have heard stories of Muslim girls having their hijab pulled off their head, pushed, thrown to the ground. These are real stories … and the reaction that we got from the government and leaders needs to still be there.”
The story mirrors an incident from last year in which a Muslim University of Michigan student fabricated a hate crime in which a man allegedly threatened to light her hijab on fire. Surveillance footage from the area disproved her claims, Michigan Live reported.
Canada has been rocked by Islamic extremist attacks. Last year, a Somali asylum-seeker ran over a police officer in Edmonton and then stabbed him repeatedly.
In June, a Muslim woman attacked staff and customers at a Canadian tire store.
Canada’s leaders continue calling for stepping up efforts against Islamophobia. Talk about misplaced priorities.