Hundreds attend Pakistani celebration in park targeted in Conservative MP Bernier tweet

Posted In: News Date:Aug 20th, 2018

Members of Winnipeg's Pakistani community say a Conservative MP's controversial tweets helped draw hundreds to their Pakistan Independence Day celebration on Sunday.

The celebration at Jinnah Park came just days after Conservative MP Maxime Bernier took to Twitter to criticize the decision to name the park after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the modern state of Pakistan.

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In the tweet Tuesday, Bernier suggested it was odd that Victoria, B.C. recently removed a statue of Canada's founder John A. Macdonald from the front steps of its city hall, while the City of Winnipeg dedicated the park to Jinnah, calling it an example of "extreme Liberal multiculturalism."

The park's sign was vandalized after media reported on the community's reaction to the tweet.

Masroor Khan helped organize Sunday's celebration at the South Pointe park. He says Bernier's tweet helped bring attention to Sunday's event and attract attendees from outside the city's Pakistani community.

"We can make new friends, we can educate them," he said. "We can create bridges and eliminate differences.