Ontario: Indo-Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh handled a racist rant calmly while responding to a woman, who was yelling at him about Islamic sharia law at a community outreach programme in Ontario.
Singh, one of the favourites to become the next leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), was about to start his address in the event called ‘JagMeet and Greet’, on Wednesday at the Professor’s Lake Community Centre in Brampton when a woman in black t-shirt and blue jeans interrupted him.
The woman, who identifies herself as Jennifer, said in a loud voice, “We know you’re in bed with Sharia, we know you’re in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood,” as the supporters of Singh kept cheering for him. When the organisers stepped in to stop the ruckus in the ongoing event, the woman threatened them not to touch her or she will call the police.
After initially asking her to hold on, Singh said to the woman: “What this is, we don’t want to be intimidated by hate. We don’t want hatred to ruin a positive event, so let’s show people how we treat people with love.”
“We welcome you, we support you and we love you.”
According to a Canada based magazine, Vice, the woman “seemed to be spouting off the rhetoric of an anti-Islam women’s group called Suffragettes Against Silence who are familiar faces in the far-right, anti-Islam circle in Canada. This group believes that Islam is an existential threat to the woman of Canada”.
The woman finally stormed off as the crowd kept cheering as Singh chanted “love and courage”.
Minutes after the woman stormed out, Singh said to the crowd, “You know growing up as a brown-skin, turbaned, bearded man that I’ve faced things like this before,” adding further that “There’s going to be other obstacles that we’re going to face and we’re going to face them with love and courage.”
The incident was recorded by Brampton Focus, a local news outlet, which was later posted it on Facebook and got viral. The video has been viewed over 4 lakh times and shared over 3,000 times already.