A petition presented in the House of Commons is calling on Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez to provide a list of the individuals involved in approving a government grant to a group with ties to consultant Laith Marouf. Funding to the group was pulled after Marouf was found to have made anti-Semitic comments on Twitter over several years.
The Commons petition notes that Liberal MP Anthony Housefather told Diversity Minister Ahmed Hussen about Marouf's anti-Semitic tweets "a considerable time before the matter became common public knowledge, but that the minister inexplicably failed to take timely action."
"I said the contract had to be cancelled," Housefather said. "I alerted [Hussen] and I persistently communicated with the minister in his office, from the day I learned about it, until today, and aggressively demanded that action be taken."
The government cut its funding to CMAC until after media outlets reported on several of Marouf's racist tweets, in one of which he referred to Jewish people as "bags of human feces, aka the Jewish White Supremacists."