Conservative MP Michael Cooper quotes of New Zealand mosque attacker not only anti Moslem comments

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jerrym
Conservative MP Michael Cooper quotes of New Zealand mosque attacker not only anti Moslem comments

Surprise! It turns out that Conservative MP Michael Cooper quotes of the New Zealand mosque attacker were not his only Anti-Moslem comments.

Conservative MP Michael Cooper made comments deriding "goat herder cultures" during a discussion about Islam's compatibility with Canadian democracy when he was a law student at the University of Alberta a decade ago, according to two lawyers who have come forward to talk about the incident.

The lawyers allege the comments were made during a heated discussion in a seminar on multiculturalism and the minority rights section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with Cooper arguing that some cultures were incompatible with Canada's "Judeo-Christian values."

Contacted by CBC News this week, Cooper denied the allegation and said the incident was being mischaracterized. ...

Cooper said he has little recollection of his comments during the discussion. "I do recall suggesting that Canada was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. And I recall that some members of the class didn't take kindly to that comment. But again, there was a lot of back and forth, a lot of vigorous debate, and then that's all that I recall."

The lawyers making the allegations — both former classmates of Cooper — are Balqees Mihirig, who now practises law in New York City, and Brock Roe, who practises in Saskatoon. ...

Mihirig and Roe said the University of Alberta incident happened during an advanced constitutional law class in late 2008 near the end of a seminar on the Charter of Rights — specifically, the sections dealing with multiculturalism and minority rights. ...

"Mr. Cooper had much to say about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and it was generally not positive. I frequently found myself challenging his statements," Mihirig writes in a letter describing her recollection of events. "It was unpleasant, and negatively impacted my experience at law school. One such exchange became particularly heated after Mr. Cooper, declared Canada to be a 'Judeo-Christian civilization' that is incompatible with 'goat herder cultures.' ...

Mihirig and Roe said the committee episode led them to conclude that Cooper had not changed his views, and both felt that the punishment — removing Cooper from the justice committee — was insufficient. ...

After contacting Cooper, CBC News heard from two other former University of Alberta students. Both said they were in the same classroom that day; one had written the seminar presentation on which Cooper was commenting. Both said they had been asked to come forward by the MP to address the allegation. The two former students, now practicing lawyers, said they remembered the flare-up in class, but did not recall hearing the 'goat herder' comment. Both declined to put their names on the record. ...

That lawyer, who described himself as a former Conservative who now supports Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada, said Cooper had been expressing support for the arguments in his presentation when the dispute occurred. ...

CBC News contacted two other individuals who attended the seminar (CBC contacted seven seminar participants in total — the majority of those who were present in the classroom). Neither wished to be named.

One told CBC News that he recalled the 'goat herder' comment with absolute certainty, and that the incident had shocked him. The other did not recall the exact words used, but told CBC News that he was "100 per cent" confident Cooper had directed "racist" comments at Mihirig, the only Muslim in the room. He said that Cooper had been "angry" and "beet-red" when he made the remarks.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/michael-cooper-goat-herder-cultures-1.5...

jerrym

Below is the story on Cooper's quoting the New Zealand mosque attacker's manifesto.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ashamed-cooper-suri-committee-chaos-1.5...

jerrym

 A 2014 Rabble blog gives more information on Michael Cooper. 

Every few years, Michael Cooper seems to pop onto the national news radar. The first time, it was as a political oddity, a sort of human-interest story with an edge.

The story appeared under a headline in the National Post that read, "Not your average high school senior: 'Blood sport' of politics has lured Michael Cooper most of his 18 years." ...

 He's a 30-year-old lawyer who appears to harbour deeply conservative views -- although he has successfully kept discussion of what he thinks, particularly about social conservative issues such as LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights, well off the radar. ...

Cooper was also the an Alberta member of the Canadian Alliance party's "powerful" national council, the youngest member of the party's elected national governing body. He had joined the provincial Progressive Conservative Party at 14, the age most Alberta kids are thinking about getting their first learner's driving permit. ...

"He names Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Brian Mulroney as his models" -- but only as his oratorical models, mind. The writer doesn't tell us if this point was added as a careful afterthought, although he did quote Cooper saying he didn't like Mulroney's politics. I am presuming, from the auguries, it's because the former Canadian prime minister was a little too far to the left for Cooper's taste, too much of a "wet," as Thatcher would have put it. ...

"I was elected on a fundamental principle of having no truck or trade with Joe Clark's Red Tories," the reporter quoted Cooper saying. ...

Nowadays, Cooper is very careful with what he has to say about his own views. ... His nomination campaign’s online policy page lists support for "pro-business, pro-growth policies, including reductions in personal, business and capital gains taxes," as well as Texas style "three strikes and you're out laws,"

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/djclimenhaga/2014/12/political-oddity-hi...

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

 

 

And this is the garbage poeople are going to vote for in October.

Fuck the right wing, conservatism and the Republican Party,the Tories and Maxime Bernier.

As for Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney, both Thatcher and Reagan should be imprison or should have (since they are ,gleefully, dead) I'm sure he is a MAGA cultist.like the entire CPC.

So I'll ask now and get ready.....'Brother, can you spare a dime?"

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And Scheer let Cooper keep his Associate Justice Critic position.

I hope we don't see this guy as the next Minister of Justice.

jerrym

Cooper is now threatening to sue those who have made allegations against him for his "goat herder cultures" comments. If he is foolish enough to go ahead with this he is likely going to face more media attention and investigation into this and other comments by the media and the lawyers of those being sued. 

Cooper recall of these events is vague. 

Cooper said he has little recollection of his comments during the discussion. "I do recall suggesting that Canada was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. And I recall that some members of the class didn't take kindly to that comment," he told CBC News this week. "But again, there was a lot of back and forth, a lot of vigorous debate, and then that's all that I recall."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-scheer-cooper-intolerance-1.518...

 

Despite Cooper's vague recall of these events, Scheer, on Power and Politics, said Cooper has "a very clear memory of the events and says it did not happen. When questioned further about this, Scheer became defensive and started attacking Trudeau over problems with his own MPs, such as Kent Hehr. Scheer said he believed Cooper, blamed the accusers for not bringing the issue up for ten years, and said he would believe his MP over people who did not have contemporaneous notes or a video. This despite the fact two people said the "goat herder cultures" comments occurred and two others confirmed that Cooper's attitude during the event was very anti-Muslim although they could not recall whether those exact words were used ten years ago. Other Conservatives such as Erin O'Toole supported Cooper as well.

Just another in a long series of comments and actions by Scheer and the Conservatives that raises questions about at least some of them having racist views. 

 

 

CuriousAboutEve...

As a small c conservative and Libertarian I have tended to support Joe Clarks red tory views and NDP rationality and now Maxine Bernier who speaks to truth. I have never supported either side of the the Lib Conserv Uniparty of controled opposition. As such my comments are always deleted on Rabble.As a small c conservative and Libertarian I have tended to support Joe Clarks red tory views and NDP rationality and now Maxine Bernier who speaks to truth. I have never supported either side of the the Lib Conserv Uniparty of controled opposition. As such my comments are always deleted on Rabble.

 

Paladin1

alan smithee wrote:

 

 

And this is the garbage poeople are going to vote for in October.

Fuck the right wing, conservatism and the Republican Party,the Tories and Maxime Bernier.

As for Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney, both Thatcher and Reagan should be imprison or should have (since they are ,gleefully, dead) I'm sure he is a MAGA cultist.like the entire CPC.

So I'll ask now and get ready.....'Brother, can you spare a dime?"

Can we be friends after I vote conservatives in the next election?

NDPP

CuriousAboutEveryThing wrote:

As a small c conservative and Libertarian I have tended to support Joe Clarks red tory views and NDP rationality

 

NDPP wrote:

You mean like unanimously supporting war on Libya, Israeli apartheid and crushing BDS in their own Convention?

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MP Cooper threatens to sue The Hill Times over column on House Justice Committee exchange; denies reading from Christchurch shooter’s manifesto

https://twitter.com/TheHillTimes/status/1143120082123575296