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Weeks after lethal assault in London, Ottawa hosts nationwide summit on Islamophobia at the moment

The federal authorities is ready to host a nationwide summit on Islamophobia at the moment, sooner or later after holding an analogous summit on antisemitism.

MPs voted unanimously in favour of a movement calling for a nationwide summit on Islamophobia in June, following the assault in London, Ont., that killed 4 members of a Muslim household as they had been out for a night stroll.

Throughout a press convention Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was requested about eruptions of Islamophobia in Canada — together with a extra current incident in Hamilton, Ont.

Trudeau spoke about at the moment’s summit however mentioned it is as much as all Canadians to battle “intolerance”.

“It is not solely as much as Muslim Canadians to battle Islamophobia however it’s as much as all of us to battle Islamophobia, hatred, intolerance in all its types,” he mentioned.

CEO of the Nationwide Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) Mustafa Farooq mentioned he desires to see all ranges of presidency observe up at the moment’s summit with a concrete plan of motion.

“The truth is we can not simply hold including onto an inventory of horrifying issues which have occurred,” he mentioned, citing the current spike in hate crimes.

Yumna Afzaal, 15, left, Madiha Salman, 44, centre left, Talat Afzaal, 74, and Salman Afzaal, 46, proper, had been out for a night stroll in London, Ont., once they had been run over by a person who police say was motivated by anti-Muslim hate. (Submitted by Afzaal household)

Earlier this week, Farooq and the NCCM launched 60 coverage suggestions to fight hate and racism throughout the nation.

The suggestions embody Legal Code amendments to higher take care of hate crimes, a evaluate of college programming and a nationwide fund for victims of Islamophobia.

‘That is about survival’

Farooq mentioned he hopes the federal government will commit to those suggestions and observe up with timelines to attain them.

“This isn’t about politics or an election,” he mentioned. “For our neighborhood, that is about survival.”

In the present day’s summit can be held just about. The federal government has mentioned it can embody leaders of Muslim communities however it hasn’t launched a full record of members.

The occasion can be principally closed to the general public — a measure to make sure the protection of these taking part, the federal government mentioned. Opening remarks set to happen at midday can be open to media and the general public.

NDP says authorities ought to have acted sooner

NDP chief Jagmeet Singh mentioned Wednesday that whereas the summit was a good suggestion, the Liberals have been gradual to behave towards the rise in Islamophobia and different racist ideologies.

“There are a variety of options that we now have recognized about for years, and, sadly, Mr. Trudeau has not responded, has not taken motion,” he mentioned.

Singh mentioned the Liberals ought to put extra effort into tackling on-line hate and provides extra assets to police and safety companies to dismantle white supremacist teams.

In February, a month after the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Public Security Minister Invoice Blair introduced that quite a few “ideologically motivated violent extremist teams” — together with the Proud Boys — had been being added to Canada’s record of terrorist organizations.

However a current report suggests these efforts have not prevented teams just like the Proud Boys from working brazenly on-line.

Controversy kicks off antisemitism summit

The identical day that MPs voted to carry a summit on Islamophobia, the federal government introduced it will additionally host a summit on antisemitism, which was held Wednesday.

In a media assertion earlier this month, Minister of Range, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger mentioned she invited numerous cupboard ministers and members of Parliament to hitch the dialogue on antisemitism.

However opposition leaders mentioned they did not obtain invites to the antisemitism summit till the final minute.

Inexperienced Celebration chief Annamie Paul tweeted Tuesday night that she hadn’t acquired an invite regardless of being the one federal chief who’s Jewish.

Paul later tweeted early Wednesday afternoon that she had acquired an invite to watch the summit solely hours earlier than the occasion was set to begin. She mentioned she had wished to deal with the summit.

Conservative chief Erin O’Toole’s workplace mentioned he wasn’t initially invited to Wednesday’s summit, or to the one being held at the moment on Islamophobia, regardless of asking the federal government for a possibility to talk.

O’Toole’s workplace mentioned a late invite to the antisemitism summit got here Tuesday night time.

“Mr. O’Toole acquired an invite at 7:15 pm final night to look at the summit however regardless of repeated requests from stakeholders and our workplace, we’re not a part of the occasion,” mentioned spokesperson Josie Sabatino.

A member of O’Toole’s workplace advised CBC on background that the celebration’s critic for variety and inclusion would attend your entire antisemitism summit.

WATCH | NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh says his critic was invited to the antisemitism summit

Singh says the invitation to the nationwide antisemitism summit launched by the federal authorities was prolonged to his celebration’s critic. 0:50

The NDP despatched its critic, Lindsay Mathyssen, to attend the antisemitism summit. Throughout his press convention on Wednesday, Singh mentioned he was trying ahead to getting suggestions from Mathyssen.

“We all know hate may be very very like a hearth … it isn’t remoted, it can unfold, it can eat everybody. So we have all bought a collective duty to hearken to individuals impacted,” Singh advised a press convention on Wednesday.

Opposition leaders have been invited to the summit on Islamophobia, mentioned Chagger’s workplace.

Wednesday’s summit coincided with Public Security Minister Invoice Blair saying the federal government will spend greater than $6 million on 150 initiatives to help communities vulnerable to hate-motivated crime.

The safety infrastructure program permits neighborhood centres, instructional establishments and locations of worship to use for funding to cowl doorways, home windows, cameras, alarm programs, fencing, lighting, minor renovations to boost safety, and fundamental coaching for workers to reply to hate-motivated crime.

The following name for functions can be launched on July 28.

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