The Ontario NDP’s are tabling a bill that would make October, “Islamic Heritage Month”.
The move would put the Province in line with the Federal government, which already recognizes the month.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath called it an opportunity to tackle Islamophobia, which she says is on the rise in Ontario.
“We have to do more to tackle discrimination, prejudice and Islamophobia,” said Horwath. “This is an opportunity to recognize that increasing Islamophobia is a reality in Ontario, and to take action to combat it.”
Horwath attended Ibrahim Jame Mosque in Hamilton, which was the target of arson and a possible hate crime this month.
NDP Citizenship and Immigration Critic MPP Teresa Armstrong will be introducing the bill.
“Dialogue, conversation, asking questions, seeking knowledge; these are all things that combat ignorance and hatred. New Democrats have been working diligently to find ways to combat racism in Ontario,” said Armstrong. “We have called for an end to arbitrary, race-based police street checks and carding. We pushed the Premier to finally set-up the Anti-Racism Directorate and have been vocal advocates for the series of public community meetings now being held in towns and cities across the Province to address the Directorate’s mission and goals.”
Andrea Horwath will be attending Monday’s anti-racism panel at Mohawk College.