Canadian Somali Congress Calls on Tim Hudak to Condemn Hateful Language from Senior Conservative Advisor

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TORONTO – Today Ahmed Hussen, President of The Canadian Somali Congress, released the following statement regarding Ontario Progressive Conservative advisor Benjamin Zycher’s hateful comments:

“The Canadian Somali Congress strongly condemns the hateful and divisive language used by Tim Hudak advisor Benjamin Zycher.

Ontario’s Muslim community enriches our diverse and accepting society. We do not tolerate comments that pit Ontarians against each other and seek to tear our communities down.

Mr. Hudak’s silence on this matter is unacceptable. We demand that Mr. Hudak condemn the hateful words of his advisor immediately.”

Mr. Hussen was reacting to Mr. Zycher’s long history of hateful public statements, and questioned why Tim Hudak and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party would employ a man who holds these views. Numerous media outlets have reported that Zycher helped write the Conservative platform.

The following statements are particularly offensive to members of the Canadian Somali Congress:

“Now, let me be blunt: Michelle Obama, the product of lifelong affirmative-action coddling, is an intellectual lightweight who fancies herself a serious thinker…Can there be any doubt that the Princeton administrators accepted it only because of her skin color?
–       Benjamin Zycher, The National Review, August 17, 2009

“And so I have a question for my legal-beagle colleagues: Are whites not entitled to equivalent treatment under the 14th Amendment? If so, does that mean that education about the history of slavery would become illegal, as it would depict whites negatively? Would it be illegal to point out that most modern-day terrorist acts are perpetrated by Muslims? Anything about black crime, illegal immigration by Hispanics, ad infinitum? Can air brushing of photos be far behind?”
–       Benjamin Zycher, April 24, 2006

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For more information contact:

Ahmed Hussen, National President
Canadian Somali Congress

Tel: 416-508-8797


Debate between a TDSB trustee and Ahmed Hussen of the Canadian Somali Congress

Canadian Somali parents are concerned that their children will be stigmatized by the TDSB’s efforts to receive and implement recommendations from a so-called Somali Task Force set up by the TDSB. Canadian Somali parents have particular concern that these recommendations will further marginalize their children and move our society away from forging a common Canadian identity. The questions that the TDSB refuses to answer are:

1. Are the alleged low performance of these children somehow linked to their Somali ancestry? if not then why does the TDSB feel the need to isolate these children by setting up a so-called Somali Task Force?

2. why not address the academic needs of these students within the general student population?

3. Is it discriminatory to focus on students based on their ethnicity?

The Canadian Somali Congress believes that our schools should be the first stop in integration and not the venue for the further stigmatization of this community.

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Canadian Somali Congress interview on the marginalization of Canadian Somalis by Toronto District School Board

Lawyer and National President of the Canadian Somali Congress, Ahmed Hussen, interviewed by Helen Mann, host of CBC Metro Morning. Mr. Hussen spoke at length about the marginalization and stigmatization that would be caused by the Toronto District School Board’s so-called Somali Task Force.


Canadian Somali parents demonstrating against TDSB’s stigmatization of their children

CBC News program showing Canadian Somali parents in Toronto as they demonstrate against the marginalization and stigmatization that will be experienced by their children due to Toronto District School Board’s so-called Somali Task Force. The only thing these parents want is for the Toronto District School Board to treat all Canadian children in the same manner. If the TDSB wants to improve student performance in their schools they should address this issue comprehensively and not isolate specific communities in the name of progress.