Stephen Harper suggested Monday that the way the Islamic State â€śtelevisesâ€ť the murder of innocent people to try to reach a global audience is a kind of depravity unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Harper made the remarks at an event in Markham, Ont., where he announced that a re-elected Conservative government would welcome 10,000 additional refugees from Syria and Iraq over four years. A day earlier, the Tory leader vowed to make it a crime for Canadians to travel to parts of the world controlled by terror groups.
The Conservative leader defended Canadaâ€™s mission against ISIS by saying that if left unchecked, the group will create â€śtens of millions of refugees and victims on a monthly basis.â€ť Both Thomas Mulcairâ€™s New Democrats and Justin Trudeauâ€™s Liberals voted against the mission.
â€śISIS targets innocent men, women and children of the most vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities,â€ť he said. â€śWe know this because ISIS brags about it.
â€śISIS does not merely kill people and kill them in some of the most barbaric ways conceivable. It televises its murders to a global audience. This way of operating is virtually without precedent in the disturbing history of human atrocities.â€ť
Harper also criticized Mulcair and Trudeau directly for saying Canada should stick to providing aid.
"If your policy is humanitarian assistance without military support, all you're doing is dropping aid on dead people," Harper said.
In late June, the Tories released a video online featuring images and music from the very ISIS videos Harper alluded to Monday. The ad, meant to disparage Trudeauâ€™s position on the mission, showed images of prisoners about to be drowned in cages and decapitated through the use of explosive devices.
On the same day that ISIS releases yet another barbaric video, Justin Trudeau promises to stop bombing ISIS. Heâ€™s clearly just not ready for the serious job of Prime Minister.
In a tense interview with Global News shortly after the clip was posted online, journalist Tom Clark asked Tory spokesperson Kory Teneycke if such images might contravene Bill C-51. The federal governmentâ€™s controversial anti-terror legislation made it a criminal offence to promote terrorism.
â€śBill C-51 was brought in and promoted by your governmentâ€¦ to prevent people from putting online anything that promotes terrorism and ISIS,â€ť Clark said. â€śHavenâ€™t you just done that?â€ť
Teneycke replied that what the Tories were doing was no different than what is done by news organizations.
â€śBut youâ€™re not the news. Youâ€™re there advertising,â€ť Clark responded.
â€śWeâ€™re better than the news, because weâ€™re truthful,â€ť Teneycke shot back.
The spokesperson maintained throughout the interview that Tories were trying to show a contrast between their position and those of Liberals and New Democrats.
â€śWill you be using more terrorist video as the campaign goes on?â€ť Clark asked.
â€śWell, wait and see,â€ť Teneycke replied.
Watch the clip from Global News:
Green party Leader Elizabeth May â€“ who also voted against Canadaâ€™s combat mission â€“ mentioned the ISIS videos during last weekâ€™s federal leadersâ€™ debate.
â€śWhy does this group of despicable thugs put their horrific acts on YouTube?â€ť she asked. â€śBecause they want to draw us into the region.â€ť
May added that by going in with a bombing mission, Canada could be helping ISIS â€śrecruit.â€ť
With files from The Canadian Press