Apparently, someone in the Twitter world, with quite a following, posted a link which was re-tweeted by Jeff Fillion, Quebec radio's most influential shock-jock.
All this renewed interest in Mr. Khadir and his past is based on a controversial radio interview given by Quebec conservative wunderkind, Éric Duhaime, who accused Khadir of having a secret Islamic agenda! You can listen to Duhaime's rant in French on RadioEgo here.
For those without French, the outburst was short and sweet, with Duhaime accusing the Quebec solidaire Parliamentarian of hiding an Islamic agenda, (whatever that is.) He also called on party leader Françoise David to clarify whether this position represents that of Quebec solidaire.
You'd think that Khadir would have had something to say in reaction, it isn't every day a politician in a western Parliament is called an Islamist.
Other public personalities seem to be a lot less tolerant than Mr. Khadir when it comes to enduring these sort of attacks. Perhaps Mr. Khadir understands that the truth is an absolute defense against libel.
Readers will note that Premier Charest is furious at Action Démocratique du Québec leader Gérard Deltell who made an 'in your face' accusation intimating that the Premier is the corrupt leader of a corrupt party, calling him, “the godfather of the Liberal family.” LINK
After demanding a retraction in vain, the Premier is now considering another libel lawsuit.
Pierre-Karl Péladeau, Quebec's leading media tycoon was so furious that a Radio Canada executive called him a 'VOYOU' that he sued him for defamation, a case presently being heard in court. LINK
And of course let's not forget our favourite businessman, Tony Accurso, who's name has been linked to so many corruption scandals that it's hard to keep count. Even he is taking legal action to defend his 'good' name! Link fr
It appears that Amir Khadir has a much thicker skin. Either that, or he is frightened to confront the allegations in public.
Denying one is an Islamist or a communist is about as bad as denying that one is a pedophile.
Not much upside.
Mr. Duhaime has previously run an exposé on Mr. Khadir's past links to the Communist party of Quebec and his association with a banned terror group. LINK
Mr. Khadir wisely chose to ignore that story. It would be hard to deny the facts, being what they are.
Wisely he hunkered down and let the controversy play itself out, confident that an obliging press would let the issue die, which it did.
That's because the majority of Quebec journalists, media and television personalities are left-wing and separatist.
According to the industry magazine ' Trente,' an organ of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, fully one-third of Quebec journalists live in the Plateau Mont-Royal district of Montreal, the socialist Shangri-la and kingdom of Amir Khadir. Link
In fact, over half of Quebec's working journalists live in Montreal and almost all share this "Clique du Plateau" mentality, a liberal, nationalist, separatist dogma that is attacked on a daily basis on the excellent blog "La Clique de Plateau."
By the way..... In researching this article I came across a press release from Mr. Khadir, entitled "Amir Khadir meets an Israeli member of Parliament." Given Mr. Khadir's pathological hatred of Israel, the headline intrigued me.
Of course it turns out that the Parliamentarian was an Arab Israeli who is visiting Canada to convince us to boycott and divest from Israel.
Yup... a member of the Israeli Parliament. (reminds me of Gilles Duceppe.)
Could this occur in Iran, Egypt, Syria or any other Muslim country in the world? Do you think Mr. Khadir sees the irony?
And so Khadir continues to enjoy a free ride in the Quebec media.
BUT NOT HERE...