FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom; Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston; and David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Flamborough—Glanbrook, today tabled the dissenting opinion to the report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination, or M-103.
“Our dissenting report has given voice to moderate Muslims’ concerns about the implications of ‘Islamophobia’ both as a term and as a concept,” said Anderson.
The report includes five sections: one addresses the Liberals’ assertion that Canada is facing a rising climate of hate and fear; one lays out the over two dozen different definitions of Islamophobia received at Committee; and another addresses religious discrimination in Canada.
“We also address the issue of data collection and end with the assertion that solutions can be found not in a whole-of-government approach, but in a whole-of-Canada approach,” added Sweet.
“We are encouraging relevant communities to come together to solve the challenges that we will be facing together in the coming years,” said Reid. “Our hope is that this dissenting report can play a positive role in addressing very real issues of discrimination faced by many Canadians, including Muslims.”
The tabling of the report comes just days after Liberal MPs denied a vote or a debate on MP Scott Reid’s motion, M-153, which would have declared January 29th Canada’s Annual Day of Solidarity with the victims of anti-religious bigotry and violence.
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For more information, please contact the office of:
David Anderson, MP: (613) 992-0657 or (306) 778-4480
Scott Reid, MP: (613) 947-2277
David Sweet, MP: (613) 996-4984