NDP State­ment On 1St An­niver­sary Of Que­bec City Mosque Shoot­ing

The Miracle - - Quebec`s Special -

NDP Par­lia­men­tary Leader, Guy Caron, made a speech in the House of Com­mons on the 1st an­niver­sary of the mosque shoot­ing in Que­bec City. “Be­cause of hate, 17 chil­dren are now or­phans. They are or­phans be­cause their fa­thers were killed sim­ply for be­ing Mus­lim. On Jan­uary 29, 2017, Khaled, Azze­dine, Aboubaker, Ma­madou, Ibrahima, Ab­delkrim and oth­ers made their way to the Grande mosquée de Québec. It was a win­ter night like any other. Peace­ful. But that night, an act of ter­ror­ism changed their lives, and ours, for­ever. A year ago, Is­lam­o­pho­bia changed lives for­ever in Que­bec City, and across Canada. To­day, on this day of com­mem­o­ra­tion, we must ask our­selves: what lessons have we learned? Has the tone of the dis­cus­sion changed? Has it wors­ened? The re­gret­table an­swer to th­ese ques­tions is that hate crimes have not di­min­ished, es­pe­cially not on­line, or on so­cial me­dia. Ha­rass­ment in the street —es­pe­cially for Mus­lim women —con­tin­ues, in­clud­ing vi­o­lent acts. Just this sum­mer, the car be­long­ing to the pres­i­dent of the Cen­tre cul­turel is­lamique de Québec was set ablaze in front of his home. There is rea­son for hope. The day after the shoot­ing at the Grande mosquée de Québec, 6,000 peo­ple in Québec city and 15,000 peo­ple in Mon­tréal joined thou­sands across the coun­try to stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims. They gath­ered to not only mark the tragedy, but to stand and de­nounce racism, Is­lam­o­pho­bia, and pop­ulist hate. Stand­ing in the thou­sands, can­dles in hand, en­dur­ing freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, they showed us the path we all must take — the path of sol­i­dar­ity in the face of di­vi­sion; the path of open­ness in­stead of sus­pi­cion based on ig­no­rance. As our leader Jag­meet Singh has said: “We must cham­pion a pol­i­tics of love to fight the grow­ing pol­i­tics of hate and a pol­i­tics of courage to fight the pol­i­tics of fear.”

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