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Op-Ed: Is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau another dictator?

Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi explains why in her opinion Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminds her of Fidel Castro and other dictators.
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Canadian journalist Josh Sigurdson was recently all over the media for calling Justin Trudeau a scumbag. However, the mainstream media was wrongly critical of him. According to Sigurdson, the reason he called the Canadian Prime Minister a scumbag is because he waited for several hours to ask a question about the carbon tax and for the children to leave the room yet no one called on him for he came from the alternative rather than the mainstream media.

Given that and other actions by Trudeau, he found his actions to be justified: “The state run media got to ask him questions, pre-screened ones at that. How is it journalism to ask pre-selected questions of a politician? Restricting opposition, restricting free speech, pretending to support women while sending money to dictatorships that stone women to death for driving and kill gays, now that is the definition of scumbag.” I tend to agree with him.  Justin Trudeau does have dictatorial tendencies and as an Iranian who lived under Ayatollah Khomeini, he reminds me of a dictator.

Trudeau admires the Chinese dictatorship. According to CBC, Trudeau proclaimed: “There is a level of admiration that I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to turn around their economy on a dime and to say we have to go greenest fastest. We need to start investing in solar. There is a flexibility that Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship where he could do everything he wanted.”

In other instances, Trudeau stated that ISIS supporters have the right to defend themselves and he referred to Evangelical Christians as “the worst part of Canadian society.” There were bomb threats against Jews in Canada yet he said nothing. Trudeau has never criticized Imams who call for the annihilation of Jews. Trudeau even slammed a video stating, “Canadians have understood that our differences are a source of strength, not a source of weakness.”

Recently, there have been attempts to shut down the Canadian House of Commons on Fridays, to limit the appearance of the Prime Minister at parliament to only one day per week and to limit the debates held in parliament before the passage of bills. This is shameful and totally unacceptable. It will not be forgotten by anyone who is truly dedicated to Canadian democracy, to the importance of debate in parliament and to holding the Prime Minister accountable for his actions. These kind of behaviors make him into the Canadian version of Fidel Castro. 


JOL Blogger | Shabnam Assadollahi
Shabnam Assadollahi is a multi-award-winning Canadian human rights activist and freelance writer/journalist of Iranian origin. She has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and has worked extensively helping newcomers and refugees resettle in Canada and has distinguished herself as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker. 
Shabnam was arrested and imprisoned at age 16 for eighteen months in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin. Shabnam’s primary and heartfelt interest is to focus on the Iranian community and world events affecting women and minority communities.

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