Canada’s state censors and regulators of what we’re allowed to watch on TV and listen to on the radio, the CRTC division of the Liberal Party, will listen to submissions for a new multicultural radio broadcast license on Monday.
Let me interrupt this blog entry to remind people—and my faithful readers will remember this—about my constant drive to get people to submit letters or emails to the CRTC in support of getting Fox News Channel unbanned from Canadian airwaves when they applied for a license last year, and it was ultimately approved by the state censors and regulators, but naturally, only after they considered slapping a restriction on it just like the restriction against Al-Jazeera which now requires monitors to ensure that nothing untoward will be uttered. Yes that’s right. Al-Jazeera, Fox News Channel—equally threatening to the liberalist message (well, Fox maybe more so—let’s face it).
Fox News Channel is now finally available in Canada. Rogers, most of Shaw, Cogeco, and StarChoice satellite subscribers, check it out! OK, back to my point.
One of the several submissions for this multicultural radio license is being made by a company called South Asian Broadcasting Corporation (I’ll call it SABC).
The Vancouver Sun reviewed the letters that have been submitted to the CRTC in support of SABC’s bid (letters in support or against any broadcast license are open to public review on the CRTC web site. Click here to see the letters yourself!). What they found was startling.
SABC received letters of support from Sikh militants and people connected in one way or another to malfeasance—suspects in huge criminal cases, and even terrorists; and what The Sun’s Kim Bolan gingerly calls “several controversial sectors within the Indo-Canadian community who are not supporting other applicants.”
It gets scarier…
One of the letters is signed by Balwant Singh Bhandher of a Surrey company called Harji’s Fireplaces.
Bhandher was named in evidence at the Air India bombing trial as a suspect who allegedly helped transport bomb-laden suitcases to Vancouver International Airport.
He has never been charged, nor did he appear as a witness at the trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri.
Bagri and Malik are charged with a number of counts, including conspiracy and murder, in twin bombings in 1985 that targeted Air India and killed 331 people.
[…] Malik’s son Jaspreet Singh has also written a letter of support for Sanghera on behalf of the Satnam Education Society of B.C., which runs two Lower Mainland Khalsa Schools founded by the elder Malik.
Jaspreet Malik’s letter says he reviewed all the CRTC applications and felt that Sanghera’s was the best.
[…] Another supportive letter was submitted by Nurinder Singh Parmar, the son of suspected Air India mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar, who was killed in India in 1992 without ever being charged.
[…] Several members of the controversial youth group Sikh Vision, which refers to Talwinder Parmar as a martyr on its website, also sent letters of support. The website has featured photographs of members wearing vests emblazoned with the logo of the Babbar Khalsa terrorist group. The group gave a $175,000 mortgage to Bagri a year after his October 2000 arrest in connection with the Air India bombings.
Parvkar Singh Dulai, who worked as an investigator for the Air India defence teams, wrote two letters of support—one on behalf of Sikh Vision and the other on the letterhead of his company, Allied Investigations Inc.
[…] While he said many of the controversial letters were not solicited by him, he did ask Sikh Vision and the Khalsa Schools for their support.
[…] Another support letter is signed by Mindi Virk, of Pacific Ocean Transport. A former driver for one of Virk’s companies was gunned down earlier this week. And in December 2003, another trucker who worked for Virk was murdered in a targeted hit. A dispatcher at Virk’s old company was shot in the leg as he arrived at work in 2001 and Virk’s house was the target of a drive-by shooting in 2002.
Sanghera also received a letter from Satinderpal Singh Gill, who was once the world leader of the International Sikh Youth Federation. The ISYF was declared a terrorist group in Canada in 2003.
Most of the Fox News Channel’s supporters were people like me and my wife, the folks down the street, you, nice old ladies, and so on. There were a few nasty ones against the bid by Fox News, but even they were just liberals who desperately wanted to keep anything non-liberal out of Canada.
What I’m wondering is: what’s going on here in what liberals call this multicultural utopian mosaic? Can we all please agree to watch this file unfold? Thanks. Just thinking about Canada, here. And you know, sanity.