Private Member’s Bill C-229 prevents anyone from selling and displaying symbols that promote hatred and violence against identifiable groups. Allowing these symbols of hatred to be sold in stores or publicly displayed is threatening for people who have been, and continue to be, targets of violence and oppression.
Motion M-14 is another legislative tool designed to immediately address all forms of hate and all forms of discrimination, hate crimes and hate incidents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a harsh light on the deep socio-economic inequalities experienced by the most vulnerable populations in Canada. Tragically, we have seen an increase in Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny in our society. We see rising racism against Indigenous people, Black, Asian and other racially marginalized communities.
In Vancouver, police reported that hate crimes increased 717% in 2020. Toronto Police reported a 51% increase with the number of reported anti-Asian hate crimes rising 500%. Cities across the country are seeing the same trend in hate crimes. Hate and associated extremist ideology is spreading like wildfire on the Internet. Canadians are tired of symbolic gestures. The time for rhetoric is over: the time for action is now. With hate crimes on the rise across Canada, we must do everything we can to stop the spread of hate in our communities.
It is not enough for governments to recognize the problem, and not take the necessary action to counteract these troubling facts. Canadians want action to combat racism and hate now to save lives and keep people safe.
It is critical that Canada prioritizes and concretely addresses systemic racism and discrimination for a just recovery, where no one is left behind. We must condemn all forms of hate in our communities as it creates unsafe conditions for Indigenous people, Black, Asian and other racially marginalized communities.
We all need to work together to ensure organized hate groups aren’t tolerated in any way. We must continue to take a strong stand against all forms of hatred and racism.
All Canadians have the right to feel safe in their communities and across the country. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that our communities do not allow the promotion of hate.
Tell the Trudeau government and your local Member of Parliament to support Motion M-14 and Bill C-229.