Leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives linked to controversial Islamic charity

There is bound to be tension in any political party with the contradictory name "Progressive Conservative," but it appears that in Ontario – Canada's largest province and home of nearly 14 million people having a largely undefended border with the United States – there is little evidence of the "conservative" wing.

Party leader Patrick Brown is actively campaigning against the proposed cuts to socialized medicine by the governing Liberal Party, led by Kathleen Wynne.  The party that is supposed to be to the political right of the radical left-wing Liberals is now working with health care unions to oppose a reduction in public health care spending.  Under Brown's leadership, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario is also a keen supporter of carbon taxation.

Even more troubling is that Brown is apparently supporting a highly controversial Islamic charity.  On May 30, he spoke at Islamic Relief Canada's Ramadan Launch Event.  This doesn't appear to be Brown's first connection to Islamic Relief Canada.  According to the charity, he also participated in the 2015 Nazem Kadri Golf Classic.

In December 2014, the Financial Post removed Islamic Relief Canada from its list of recommended "Charities of the Year" because "its international arm has been banned elsewhere for allegedly funneling funds to the terrorist organization Hamas."  The issues appear unresolved, as the charity was apparently not added back into the 2015 list.

In mid-2014, Israel banned Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) because of its linkages to Hamas.  According to Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, "[t]he IRW is one of the sources of Hamas's funding and a means for raising funds from various countries in the world[.] ... We do not intend to allow it to function and abet terrorist activity against Israel."

In January of this year, banking giant HSBC revealed that it had cut ties with Islamic Relief because of "concerns that cash for aid could end up with terrorist groups abroad."

If Brown wasn't aware of these connections and potential problems, he should have been.