The Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
Witnesses: Sheema Khan, Rachad Antonius, Reem Bahdi
The Commission continues to hear contextual evidence on the impact of 9/11 and its aftermath on Muslim and Arab Communities in Canada from Rachad Antonius (Department of Sociology, Université du Québec à Montréal), Reem Bahdi (Faculty of Law, University of Windsor), and Sheema Khan (Chair, Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada). The witnesses, under examination by Commission Counsel Brian Gover and Paul J. J. Cavalluzzo, describe the experience of Arab and Muslim communities dealing with Canadian police and security intelligence agencies, the impact of racial and religious profiling by these and other government agencies, the exercise of cultural and religious sensitivity by these agencies, intelligence-gathering within minority communities, possible discriminatory effects of intelligence-sharing practices, and changes in the relationship between various agencies and the Arab and Muslim communities since 9/11. Additional examination is conducted by Lorne Waldman (Counsel for Mr. Arar).