Mississauga resident Kevin J. Johnston who was in the news some months ago for his openly candid views on Muslims now says he’s ready to run for mayor.
Johnston, is currently facing charges laid by Peel Police last July for promoting hatred, a charge under the Criminal Code of Canada that carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail. He is due back in Brampton court on April 24 for a pretrial hearing.
During the Meadowvale Mosque controversy which erupted in 2016, Kevin Johnston came into the spotlight when he posted several inflammatory stories about Muslims. He was also very active and vocal about Friday prayers in Mississauga high schools and even offered a $1,000 “reward” for any video students secretly could take of Muslim students praying at school.
Johnston seems unfazed and is looking forward to defending himself.
Police had to ask for consent from the Ontario Attorney General’s office to lay the charge.
In October of 2016, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie filed a hate-motivated-crime complaint with Peel police after Johnston’s website published an article claiming the mayor was trying to convert the city to Islam so “they can kill her son just for being gay.”
If protests against Muslim Prayers was anything to go by, it may not be surprising to find out that potential mayoral candidate Kevin Johnston could get a lot more silent support and votes come election time.
This could well be something like what happened in the US Presidential elections, Donald Trump, a rank outsider who had nothing nice to say about Muslims and Hispanics became President, despite few Americans publicly admitting they would vote for him.
Similarly, when it comes to Kevin Johnston, most residents of Mississauga on the record would say they find his views odious and revolting but may end up voting for him anyway.
It remains to be seen if his mayoral campaign includes his anti-Muslim rhetoric. – CINEWS