The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a harsh light on the deep socio-economic inequalities experienced by our most vulnerable populations. In many parts of Canada and throughout North America, we have seen a rise of racism and hate crimes. In Vancouver, police reported that hate crimes increased 717% in 2020. Toronto Police reported a 51% with the number of reported anti-Asian hate crimes rising 500%. Police agencies across the country have reported similar increases.
Canadians are tired of symbolic gestures. They want action to combat racism and hate now. They want to see their government take concrete action today 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 members of the Asian, Black, Indigenous, people of colour and Racialized Communities.
Tell the Trudeau government and your local Member of Parliament to support the calls to immediately counteract all forms of systemic racism, hate and all forms of discrimination, hate crimes and incidents of hate by:
- working with provinces, territories, municipalities and community-based organizations to put into place a reporting and tracking system for hate crimes and incidents of hate to ensure accurate tracking;
- launching a robust public education campaign across Canada, focused on understanding and behavioural change, that would clearly define inappropriate behaviours and communicate the terrible impacts of systemic racism and the serious impact of racist actions, gestures and verbal abuse, and encouraging Canadians to stand up for others when someone is being targeted;
- ensuring that comprehensive victim services are available to all those who are victims of hate crimes or hate incidents;
- working to eliminate harmful images and stereotypes present in media and cinema;
- strengthening all legislation against hate and introducing amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act to ensure that hate speech no longer occurs with impunity; and
- ensuring that all federal government agencies and institutions consider the prevention of discrimination and the promotion of diversity as guiding principles of their work.
I tabled Motion M-84 in the House of Commons for concrete and immediate action.