Controversial publisher’s presence at event with MPs sparks exchange in Parliament

The presence of the publisher of an Arabic-language newspaper, Nazih Khatatba, accused of allegedly spreading anti-semitic and Holocaust-denying views during an event earlier this week, attended by several MPs, sparked a question period exchange between Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. Lantsman called on Alghabra to denounce the publisher and his publication and apologize to Canadians. Alghabra said on Twitter that the publisher should not have been invited, denounced all forms of antisemitism and encouraged MPs from all parties to do the same.