Canada Christian College Application Exposes NDP Attempt to Delete Public Testimony

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on May 28, 2021

Devoid of any context, it would seem abnormal for the Ontario NDP to propose a bill to scrub any mention of Canada Christian College (CCC) from legislative debate and testimony around their application for university accreditation that was ultimately rejected by the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB). 

CCC is an evangelical Christian Bible college located in Whitby, Ontario originally established in 1967 and operating as Canada Christian College since 1974. A large number of the student body are African or Caribbean youth who attend Canada Christian College due to poor education infrastructure in their home countries and CCC offers children from developing nations access to western education and theological teaching in line with their cultural values. 

(Photo from CTV News Toronto)

(Photo from CTV News Toronto)

A bill was presented in the Ontario Legislature [Bill 213] and amongst the 28 items in the bill; one, in particular, seemed to cause some political discontent for the ever-increasingly intolerant far-left.  The Canada Christian College university accreditation application was part of Bill 213, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act which stated that:

The Schedule amends the Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies Act, 1999 to continue Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies as a corporation without share capital under the name Canada University and School of Graduate Theological Studies and makes other related amendments.

CCC’s application for university status was to obtain the ability to offer non-theological Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. It would remain a private institution without government funding but would be able to significantly expand its degree offerings for current and future students.

CCC President Charles McVety has often been targeted by far-left anti-christian extremists for his religious views and support for many Christian causes as well as causes outside the Christian community with initiatives like Christians United with Israel.  Like many Liberal and Conservative politicians, Dr. McVety’s personal views about marriage are based upon his understanding that Bible disallows same-sex marriage.  However, he has on numerous occasions expressed his respect and love for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender.

CCC President Charles McVety (Photo from CTV News Toronto)

CCC President Charles McVety (Photo from CTV News Toronto)

Dr. McVety’s personal views about marriage are much like celebrated politicians  Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama who in the past famously and repeatedly declared their opposition to gay marriage. Yet, Dr. McVety’s tolerance and acceptance of those who do not agree with scripture is not celebrated. The political machine that favours narratives from the political left and the extremist left only applies the virtues of – ironically –  Judeo-Christian values to their comrades on their side of the political aisle. The term comrades seem to be en vogue amongst the political left for some reason. 

Irrespective of the status of Bill 213, the section acknowledging the application for CCC university accreditation is not “offensive” or hurtful.  It’s simply an application that was not approved. Nothing more, nothing less. Yet for some reason the Ontario NDP seeks to remove reference to the CCC accreditation application section from Bill 213. Just delete it.  Erase it from history as though it never happened. But why?  Is this not a seemingly trivial matter.

During the debate over Bill 213 one of the complainants was the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) represented by its CEO Mustafa Farooq. NCCM is a Canadian registered charity with ties to the controversial non-profit organization registered in the US known as The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR USA). Controversial because CAIR USA is listed on the United Arab Emirates list of designated terrorist organizations.

Mr. Farooq’s testimony indicated that he and his organization are opposed to the Canada Christian College seeking university status, testifying and organizing support against them based on claims that McVety was homophobic and Islamaphobic.  

The CEO of NCCM Mustafa Farooq even testified in front of the approvals committee, testifying to his and NCCM’s opinion that statements made by Mr. McVety made the CCC unfit for consideration for university status.

In addition to Mr. Farooq’s testimony, there were numerous other witnesses, some for and some against. A conservative organization, in particular, LGBTory, an organization that promotes small-government, gay-rights, and LGBT conservative voices, testified quoting members of the Muslim community, certain Imams, and Mr. Farooq himself which called into question the authenticity of Mr. Farooq’s outrage and concern for the LGBT community.  

According to the website American Center for Democracy,  Mr. Farooq has questioned alliances with the LGBT community.  This article includes an online public conversation discussing the matter between Mr. Farooq and members of the community.

After the LGBTory testimony, NDP MPP Peggy Sattler, who has a long history supporting Islamist extremist causes, apparently reading from a script of prepared smears disguised as questions; attempted to deflect from the direct quotations and instead, labeled individual quoting the hateful comments from members of the Muslim community as someone guilty of hate speech. The witness attempted to reason with and help better educate MPP Sattler and help her distinguish between Islamism (or political Islam) and extremist ideology and interpretation from the vast majority of Muslims who are themselves often the victims of Islamic extremists. Unfortunately, NDP MPP Sattler continued with the attempt to smear the witness, refusing to acknowledge some of the hateful and disturbing quotations coming from some members of the Islamist community. 

NDP MPP Peggy Sattler.

NDP MPP Peggy Sattler.

One has to ask what is the motivation for the NDP and their attempt to scrub testimony from the Ontario Legislature.  Were they embarrassed that they were forced to defend quotations that they would define as hate speech? That they would be forced to acknowledge the root cause of gays in the middle east who are targeted and murdered for their sexuality?  Why would the NDP take an alt-right position against the LGBT community and do so on the record in the Ontario legislature? 

Curiously, no one within the NDP has demanded that MPP Sattler resigns from her position for ignoring extreme anti-gay anti-LGBT statements coming from some members of the Muslim community.  This is the moral buggy code of the NDP and the broader far-left political spectrum which includes the liberal party and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who does the same.

If the NDP is successful in their attempt to remove mention of the CCC application on Bill 213 then all testimony related could also be scrubbed from the official record, including the embarrassing refutation to Mr. Farooq’s crocodile tears about homophobia. Is this the motivation?

Perhaps the Ontario NDP is merely looking to achieve a minor symbolic victory of removing the proposal to grant the CCC university status in a cluttered bill of 28 other scheduled items, and does not seek to protect NCCM from criticism. However, NCCM has become somewhat of a political player or an annoyance in the eyes of many politicians as they troll for votes from identity politics-based organizations.  

Scrubbing testimony from the legislative process whether approved or rejected should be seen as an extremely concerning issue for everyone across the political spectrum.  A liberal Westphalian society does not and should not, attempt to erase history or erase testimony good, bad, or indifferent from the public record.  If the political left is successful in this measure it is only a matter of time until the opposition will do the same when it is politically expedient.  

President Charles McVety says he is preparing to file for judicial review against PEQAB, as he argues that the College’s submission “met every benchmark” for university status, and yet, was nevertheless rejected.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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