More Fallout On Kenney's Terrorist 'Double Standard'
HOW DO YOU SAY ‘HYPOCRISY’ IN PERSIAN?
The Star and La Presse go inside with the revelation that Conservative MP Jason Kenney, who serves as the parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, spoke at a rally sponsored by supporters of a banned terrorist organization called the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (or the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, better known as MEK). The rally in question was staged on Parliament Hill this past April. According to the MEK’s political wing (whose website boasts a photo of Kenney at the rally), the event was organized by a group called the Committee in Defence of Human Rights in Iran. The Star reports that Kenney first said he did not remember attending the rally, then said he remembered an invitation from a group with that name. He said he stopped at the rally briefly on his way on to the Hill and made some general comments about supporting human rights in Iran. The Star cites Kenney saying he knew of MEK’s status as a terrorist organization, recalling that he specifically asked the man who invited him to speak if the rally was connected to the terror group, “and he laughed or denied it or something.” The revelation comes at an awkward time for Kenney; earlier this week he lashed out at opposition MPs for suggesting Canada be open to talks with Hezbollah, who he then compared to the Nazi party.