Salim Mansur

Salim Mansur is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He is a former columnist for the London Free Press and the Toronto Sun, and has contributed to various publications including National Review, the Middle East Forum and Frontpagemag. He often presents analysis on the Muslim world, Islam, South Asia, Middle East.[1] He is also a member of the Freedom Party of Ontario.[2]

Salim Mansur
Born
NationalityCanadian
OccupationProfessor, Writer

Mansur was a candidate for the People's Party of Canada for the 2019 Federal election.

BiographyEdit

Mansur was born in Kolkata, India and moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he completed his doctorate studies in political science.[1][3]

Mansur is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Islamic Pluralism based in Washington, D.C., a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Coalition for Democracies, a group which seeks to support democracies and placed particular emphasis on calling for the Government of Canada to adopt a pro-Israel stance.

Salim Mansur was one of the founding members of Canadians Against Suicide Bombing, a group that has lobbied to amend Canada's Criminal Code to cite suicide bombing as a terrorist crime, efforts which resulted in the passing of Bill S-215 in December 2010.[4]

He is an academic-consultant with the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. He has been a consultant with CIDA on development issues and has published widely in academic journals on foreign policy matters and area studies of the Middle East and South Asia.[5]

He is featured on the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West produced by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He also unsuccessfully ran for the Canadian Alliance party in 2000, being defeated by Sue Barnes.[6]

Mansur [7] said he was ostracized after writing columns condemning the Taliban and comparing it to the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia. According to Mansur, the severe backlash has prompted him to stop going to his local mosque.[8]

David B. Harris claims there have been two fatwas issued by unspecified individuals against Mansur, calling for his death.[9]

At a press conference on 2 October 2008, Mansur stated that: "Islam is my private life, my conscience... [but] my faith does not take precedence over my duties... to Canada and its constitution, which I embrace freely... I am first and most importantly a Canadian... Only in a free society will you find Islam as a faith and not a political religion." Mansur expressed the view that former New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton had: "gone to bed with Islamists".[10]

Mansur was a candidate for the People's Party of Canada for the 2019 Federal election.[11] Mansur wrote in an Op-ed to Waterloo Region Record ,that he wrote the PPC immigration policy.[12] He previously held the Conservative nomination in London- North Centre but was disqualified by the party leadership.[13]

Notable viewpointsEdit

Views on Israel-Palestine conflictEdit

In 2008, Mansur congratulated Israel for its 60th anniversary, and declared that the Jewish state "deserves admiration": "Israel is a tiny sliver of land in a vast tempest-ridden sea of the Arab-Muslim world, and yet it is here the ancient world's most enduring story is made fresh again by Jews to live God's covenant with Abraham as told in their sacred literature."[14] In 2010, he wrote: "The story of modern Israel, as many have noted, is a miracle unlike any [...] It is a robust and inclusive democracy, and is at the leading edge of science and technology [...] What hypocrites demand of Israelis and the scrutiny Israel is subjected to by them, they would not dare make of any other nation."[15]

Mansur wrote that a Palestinian state was de facto created by Britain in Jordan by partitioning its Palestine Mandate in 1922, and the Palestinians would have had a state of their own, had they accepted Israel and reconciled themselves to the rights of the Jews in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.[16]

Criticism of the Arab and Muslim WorldEdit

Mansur writes that, from Algeria to Indonesia, from Central Asian republics to Sudan, the entire Muslim world: "has turned its back on modernity".[17] He says the Muslim world must stop blaming the West for its own ailments.[18]

Mansur's criticisms of other parts of the world have extended so far that he has testified on 1 October 2012 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration that Canada should stop immigration from Muslim countries. Mansur stated:

The flow of immigration into Canada from around the world, and in particular the flow from Muslim countries, means a pouring in of numbers into a liberal society of people from cultures at best non-liberal. But we know through our studies and observations that the illiberal mix of cultures poses one of the greatest dilemmas and an unprecedented challenge to liberal societies, such as ours, when there is no demand placed on immigrants any longer to assimilate into the founding liberal values of the country to which they have immigrated to and, instead, by a misguided and thoroughly wrong-headed policy of multiculturalism encourage the opposite.[19]

Based on his association with the People's Party and his candidacy in the 43rd Canadian Federal Election, coupled with his anti-Islamist views, Mansur was denied a spot at an all-candidates debate being held on October 6, 2019 at the London Muslim Mosque. He has indicated that he may pursue legal action, as he was the only candidate who was not invited.[20]

Skepticism about mainstream scientific position on Climate ChangeEdit

Mansur said in 2009 that Climategate revelations "falsified" a theory associated with the claim of man-made global warming.[21] He has also suggested that climate scientists, "corrupted by the lure of money and influence, subscribed to the UN-based scheme for the largest global tax grab and revenue transfer -- some version of global carbon tax -- by raising false alarms about impending planetary doom in the name of science."[22]

Electoral recordEdit

2019 Canadian federal election: London North Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Peter Fragiskatos 27,427 42.75 -7.71 $107,501.27
Conservative Sarah Bokhari 15,066 23.64 -7.47 none listed
New Democratic Dirka Prout 14,887 23.36 +8.69 none listed
Green Carol Dyck 4,872 7.64 +4.09 $12,325.20
People's Salim Mansur 1,532 2.40 - $61,391.07
Communist Clara Sorrenti 137 0.21 - none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 63,741 99.23
Total rejected ballots 493 0.77 +0.35
Turnout 64,234 65.52 -3.91
Eligible voters 98,039
Liberal hold Swing -0.12
Source: Elections Canada[23][24]

BooksEdit

  • 2011: Delectable Lie: a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism. Brantford, ON: Mantua Books.
  • 2009: Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim. Oakville, Canada and Niagara Falls, NY: Mosaic Press.
  • 1994: (with N.K. Choudhry) (eds). The Indira-Rajiv Years: The Indian Economy and Polity 1966-1991. Toronto: Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Biography, Fraser Institute
  2. ^ Freedom Party of Ontario (15 November 2014). "'Politics Is Personal' Dinner". Youtube. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ Immigration policy and the terrorist threat in Canada and the United States By A. Alexander Moens, Martin Collacott. Retrieved 2018-11-28
  4. ^ Canada's well-timed bill on suicide bombers By Barbara Kay, National Post 2010-12-13, Retrieved 2018-11-28
  5. ^ Salim Mansur Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine, Biography, The Mark.
  6. ^ India today international: Volume 25, 2000, p. 218
  7. ^ http://justrightmedia.org/index.htm#195, Just Right #195, 14 April 2011
  8. ^ Defining Today's Moderate Muslim, 17 September 2006|Teresa Watanabe, LA Times
  9. ^ "Is Canada Losing the Balance Between Liberty and Security?", by David B. Harris, Immigration policy and the terrorist threat in Canada and the United States By A. Alexander Moens, Martin Collacott. p. 132
  10. ^ Barbara Kay, The Islamist elephant in the room no politicians will acknowledge[permanent dead link] by Barbara Kay, National Post, 2 October 2008.
  11. ^ "PPC leader pitches platform at secret Cambridge rally". KitchenerToday.com. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  12. ^ Mansur, Salim (27 September 2019). "Opinion: I am a PPC candidate and I am not a racist". The Record.
  13. ^ SUN, Toronto; Opinion (29 June 2019). "GOLDSTEIN: Scheer and Conservatives running scared | Toronto Sun". Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  14. ^ Israel Deserves Admiration, by Salim Mansour, Edmonton Sun, 10 May 2008
  15. ^ Israel facing revival of deep-seated hate, 14 August 2010, The Edmonton Sun
  16. ^ The burden of America, Salim Mansur, Proud to be Canadian, 20 January 2007
  17. ^ Islamization and Activism in Malaysia, by Julian C H Lee, p.15
  18. ^ Other voices from the Middle East clipboard, Volume 9. American Educational Trust, 2006. p. 70
  19. ^ Sibley, Robert. "Close the borders to Muslim immigrants: Salim Mansur's House of Commons testimony". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  20. ^ "People's Party of Canada candidate mulls legal action against London Mosque over debate snub".
  21. ^ S. Mansur, "Vindicating Climate Change Skeptics," Ottawa Sun, 12 December 2009. <http://www.ottawasun.com/comment/columnists/salim_mansur/2009/12/12/12129971-sun.html>
  22. ^ S. Mansur, "Dubious Science Drives Climate Fears," Toronto Sun, 5 December 2009. <http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/salim_mansur/2009/12/05/12050906-sun.html?comments_page=11&id=12050906#/comment/columnists/salim_mansur/2009/12/05/pf-12048291.html>
  23. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 21 May 2021.