- Religious Freedom
Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills–Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for Human Rights and Religious Freedom would like to make his constituents aware of a recent Forum Research Poll indicating strong support for changes to Private Member’s Motion 103 (M-103).
The poll results state that, “among 1,340 Canadian voters, (40%) think the motion put forward by a Federal Liberal MP should remove the focus on one specific religion from it, (31%) respond that all religions should be mentioned in the motion, and only (14%) say that the motion should be left as is. (15%) say they do not know.”
“More than 7-in-10 favour amending this motion in some way; even 71% of Liberal supporters would see revisions to it,” added Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D., President of Forum Research.
“These poll results come as no surprise to Canadians,” said Anderson. “We have been hearing from constituents for weeks that the ambiguous term, ‘Islamophobia’ is a conversation stopper and it needs to be set aside.”
Sponsored by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103 proposes that MPs “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systematic racism and religious discrimination,” and would instruct a House of Commons committee to develop an approach to “reduce or eliminate systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia.” Anderson noted that the Liberals rejected a Conservative Party attempt to provide an alternative which was inclusive of all religions and would have changed the focus of the debate for the better.
“The argument I have made against this motion is that this country must have an open and mature discussion about religious intolerance,” said Anderson. “Centering discussion around the term ‘Islamophobia’ is divisive because it does not have a common definition. It degrades real acts of hatred when they take place. It is not acceptable that the same word is used to apply to vicious killings, as well as to describe negative statements.”
To read the poll results in their entirety, click here.
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