A few weeks after the deadly attack in London, Ottawa today hosted the Islamophobia National Summit
A day after a similar anti-Semitism summit, the federal government will host a national summit on Islamophobia today.
After the attack in London, Ontario, members of Congress voted unanimously for a motion calling for a National Islamophobia Summit to be held in June, which killed four members of a Muslim family while out for a walk at night.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about the Islamophobia outbreak in Canada-including more Recent incidents in Hamilton, Ontario.
Trudeau talked about today’s summit, but said that all Canadians should fight “intolerance.”
He said: “Not only should Muslim Canadians fight Islamophobia, but all of us should also fight Islamophobia, hatred and intolerance in all its forms.”
Mustafa Farooq, CEO of the National Council of Muslims in Canada (NCCM), said that he would like to see governments at all levels follow up today’s summit and formulate specific action plans.
“The reality is that we can’t keep the list of terrible things that have happened,” he said, citing the recent surge in hate crimes.
Earlier this week, Farooq and NCCM Issue 60 policy recommendations Fight hatred and racism across the country.
These recommendations include amending the criminal law to better deal with hate crimes, reviewing school planning, and setting up a national fund for victims of Islamophobia.
‘It’s about survival’
Farooq said that he hopes the government can implement these recommendations and follow up on timetables to implement these recommendations.
“It has nothing to do with politics or elections,” he said. “For our community, it’s about survival.”
Today’s summit will be held in a virtual way. The government said it would include leaders of the Muslim community, but has not yet released a complete list of participants.
The government stated that the event will be closed to the public most of the time-a measure to ensure the safety of participants. The opening speech scheduled for noon will be open to the media and the public.
New Democracy Party says the government should act sooner
New Democratic Party leader Jagmit Singh said on Wednesday that although the summit is a good idea, the Liberal Party has been slow to respond to the rise of Islamophobia and other racist ideologies.
“Over the years, we have known many solutions, and sadly, Mr. Trudeau did not respond and did not take action,” he said.
Singh said that the Liberal Party should step up efforts to solve the problem of online hatred and provide more resources for the police and security agencies to dismantle white supremacist groups.
In February of this year, one month after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Public Safety Secretary Bill Blair announced that some “ideologically motivated violent extremist groups”-including Pride Boys-were added to Canada’s list of terrorist organizations.
But one Recent report Show that these efforts did not prevent groups like Proud Boys from operating publicly online.
Controversy kicks off anti-Semitism summit
Members of Congress voted to hold the Islamophobia summit on the same day, and the government announced that it would also host the anti-Semitism summit on Wednesday.
In a media statement earlier this month, Diversity, Inclusiveness and Youth Minister Badish Chag said that she invited several cabinet ministers and members of parliament to join the discussion on anti-Semitism.
But opposition leaders said they did not receive an invitation to participate in the anti-Semitism summit until the last minute.
Green Party leader Annamy Paul said on Twitter on Tuesday night that although she was the only Jewish federal leader, she had not received an invitation.
Paul later tweeted early on Wednesday afternoon that she had received an invitation to observe the summit hours before the event. She said she wanted to speak at the summit.
The government just sent a link to today’s anti-Semitism summit. I can observe, but I cannot speak. Reason: “Ensure that the summit is still a space where community members can express their opinions and ideas.”
I am Jewish. This is my community. #cdnpoli
The office of Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole stated that although he asked the government to have a chance to speak, he was not initially invited to the summit on Wednesday, nor was he invited to participate in the Islamophobia held today. Symptom summit.
O’Toole’s office said that Tuesday night, the anti-Semitism summit received a late invitation.
“Mr. O’Toole received an invitation to watch the summit at 7:15 last night, but despite repeated requests from stakeholders and our office, we did not participate in the event,” spokesperson Josie Sabbatino ( Josie Sabatino) said.
A member of O’Toole’s office told the CBC in the background that the party’s critics of diversity and inclusion will participate in the entire anti-Semitism summit.
Watch | NDP leader Jagmit Singh says his critics are invited to an anti-Semitism summit
New Democratic Party critic Lindsay Mathyssen (Lindsay Mathyssen) attended the anti-Semitism summit. At a press conference on Wednesday, Singh said he was looking forward to getting feedback from Mattison.
“We know that hatred is very much like a fire…it is not isolated, it will spread, it will swallow everyone. So we all have a collective responsibility to listen to the voices of those affected,” Singh said in the news on Wednesday Said at the press conference.
Chagel’s office said opposition leaders have been invited to the Islamophobic summit.
Wednesday’s summit coincided with the announcement of Public Safety Secretary Bill Blair’s announcement that the government will spend more than $6 million on 150 projects to support communities at risk of hate crimes.
This Security Infrastructure Plan Allow community centers, educational institutions, and places of worship to apply for funds to pay for doors, windows, cameras, alarm systems, fences, lighting, small renovations to enhance safety, and basic training of staff to respond to crimes motivated by hate.
The next application will start on July 28.