Peter Goodchild

From January 2007 to April 2012, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) aired a television comedy series entitled “Little Mosque on the Prairie.”

Its underlying message seemed to be that Muslims who immigrate to Canada are “just plain folks” and that any Canadian who believes otherwise is a benighted “redneck”.

In contrast, in June 2009, in Kingston, Ontario, (immigrant) Mohammad Shafiamurdered his wife and three of his daughters in an act referred to — sometimes with deliberate irony — as  an “honor killing” .

These two events certainly present different images of the Muslim presence in Canada. Which is real? What can be said about the considerable Muslim migration (about 500,000 in the past 10 years! ) to this country (Canada)? Are there any issues that need to be discussed about this immigration?

“Little Mosque on the Prairie” is advertised…

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