Jul 22, 2021
By Jane Brown
Following Wednesday’s Summit on Antisemitism, the Trudeau Liberals are hosting a summit on Islamophobia Thursday.
A decision to host the summit follows a series of violent, targeted attacks that killed or injured Muslim Canadians and left communities across the country in shock, especially in London, where a family of four was killed in a targeted act of terror.
Canada’s Diversity Minister Bardish Chagger says the summit will be an opportunity for Muslim Canadians to express their ideas and insights on how Ottawa can stop these attacks and implement policies that protect their communities.
Canadian senator Salma Ataullahjan told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, strong action is required.
“So far we have seen only words,” Ataullahjan explained, “When an incident happens, we all stand up and condemn it and then it’s forgotten. We need something more than just words. We need to have the communities involved. We need to strengthen our hate laws, we need to have municipal hate laws where people can be charged right away.
Specifically, the senator would like to see a national strategy for combating Islamophobia by the end of the summit.
Listen for the full conversation by clicking here.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced 149 projects worth $6.4-million have been recommended for development under the security infrastructure program to help protect synagogues and Jewish schools and community centres.