We stand united against Islamophobia
UPDATE: Bill 83 to designate January 29 as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia was presented for second reading by MPP Rima Berns-McGown on Thursday April 4.
We will share videos of the debate shortly, and would like to thank the following MPPs who spoke passionately in favour of the bill, and in support of the Muslim community:
Teresa Armstrong (London—Fanshawe)
Lorne Coe (Whitby)
Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier)
Faisal Hassan (York South—Weston)
Andrea Horwath (Hamilton Centre), and Leader of the Official Opposition
Stephen Lecce (King—Vaughan)
Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre)
Khaleed Rashid (Mississauga East—Cooksville)
Vijay Thanigasalam (Scarborough—Rouge Park)
United Against Islamophobia calls on the Government of Ontario to designate January 29 as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia, supports MPP Rima Berns McGown’s Bill 83 making the same call, and calls on all MPPs to support by voting in favour.
On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were murdered during evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Since then, Islamophobic violence globally and in Ontario has been on the rise.
While we recognize that these acts are the most noticeable manifestations of Islamophobia, Islamophobia pervades many of our existing systems and structures in this province.
Now is the time for action. Our government must commit to rejecting forces that negatively impact the lives of fellow Ontarians. As a start, we call on all MPPs in Ontario to support Bill 83 to designate January 29 as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.
Join us by sending an email urging your MPP to support Bill 83 and take action against Islamophobia, or by becoming a Coalition Partner.