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Ontario NDP calls for Doug Ford to take action on Quebec’s Bill 21

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Published on November 28, 2019 with No Comments

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has tabled a motion for debate in the Ontario legislature that explicitly condemns Quebec’s Bill 21 and calls on Doug Ford to take action.

 “Quebec’s ban on religious symbols – Bill 21 – is bad legislation. It is discriminatory and undermines religious and cultural freedoms in Canada. I believe we in Ontario must stand up and speak out as Canadians against any form of racism, prejudice and intolerance. Silence is not an option,” said Horwath. The motion explicitly and unequivocally condemns the passage of Bill 21 and calls on Doug Ford to formally request that the Premier of Quebec immediately repeal this discriminatory law. It also makes a commitment to intervene on behalf of Ontarians if this matter goes to the Supreme Court. “I am calling on Doug Ford to uphold the values of our province in his words and in his actions. His continued silence on this issue is indefensible. Now is the time to show leadership,” said Horwath.

“Bill 21 means that Quebecers who wear turbans, kippahs, or hijabs no longer have the same rights as everyone else in Canada. We stand with all political leaders who speak out against Bill 21. We thank Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for taking another step to condemn Bill 21. This builds on the important motion passed by the Ontario Legislative Assembly that affirmed the importance of freedom of religion and the constitution in the context of Bill 21 with the support of all parties. Religious freedom is a non-partisan issue. We appreciate that all sides of the political spectrum in Ontario are supporting this fundamental principle,” said Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director, National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Sharanjeet Kaur, Vice President for Ontario, World Sikh Organization emphasized that the Bill needs to be challenged. “Quebec’s Bill 21 presents terrifying constructs that, if not challenged, normalize a sense of distrust for people who look different and lead to the validation of intolerance. This is our opportunity as Canadians to firmly take a position against laws that create a space for intolerance and to keep this conversation relevant.  We hope that this motion will be supported by all parties in the legislature,” said Sharanjeet Kaur.

 

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