Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement has introduced private member’s legislation that would provide a powerful tool to stem the flow of foreign funding that would promote radicalization and extremism in Canada.
The Prevention of Radicalization through Foreign Funding Act will provide the government with the ability to set out a schedule of foreign states (which would extend to individuals and entities) that suppress religious freedom, impose punishments for religious beliefs or have engaged in or facilitated activities that promote extremism, terrorism and radicalization. Canadian individuals and institutions would be prohibited from accepting money or gifts from any state, individual or entity listed on the schedule.
“Conservatives take the prevention of radicalization, the eradication of extremism and the safety of Canadians seriously. Security experts, and anti-radicalization advocates, including those in the Muslim community, have called for controls on incoming funds that support radicalization and extremism in all their ugly manifestations,” said Clement.
The legislation gives the government the power to move swiftly, with a full review and appeal process, to address foreign funding trouble spots. In 2015, a report from the Senate of Canada, which cited numerous witnesses, called for the government to develop measures to prevent foreign funds from entering Canada, where such funds, donors or recipients have been linked to radicalization.
“This is all-encompassing legislation that targets the monetary support of hate in its many forms, against all faiths and persecuted minority groups. My sincere hope is that the government will see the practical value of this Bill, and give it full and thoughtful consideration,” added Clement.