To discuss the urgent problems of hate and discrimination, Guelph NDP will hold an online townhall meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 29. Speakers will include Aisha Jahangir, NDP federal candidate for Guelph, and Peter Julian, MP (NDP; New Westminster - Burnaby).
Canadians have been alarmed by the rise in incidents of hate and discrimination directed against people because of their ancestry, skin colour, or faith. We were appalled by the discovery of the unmarked graves of Indigenous children on the grounds of the Residential School in Kamloops, BC, and grieved by the shocking attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario that left four dead and a nine-year-old boy in serious condition.
NDP MPs are demanding government action to combat white supremacy and hate crimes. Lindsay Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) received the unanimous consent of Parliament to ask the federal government to convene a National Action Summit on Islamophobia. Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) has called for the government to recognize what happened at Canada’s Indian Residential Schools as an act of genocide. Peter Julian has tabled motion M-84, to urge the government to address the alarming rise in hate crimes. He says: “It’s not enough just to commiserate. Canadians need real leadership from their government to tackle racism. We are proposing a robust education campaign, a comprehensive reporting system, and services to support those who have been victimized.” Aisha Jahangir adds, “Our message to Canadians is clear: you belong; you deserve to live in safety and dignity; we will not stand by if you and your family are attacked.”
Advance registration is required, at: www.ndp.ca/guelph-townhall