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No room for hate! Canada to appoint a representative for the fight against Islamophobia

The Canadian government announced on January 30 its intention to appoint a special representative to combat Islamophobia. The appointment will be part of the national anti-racism strategy, said the Minister for Housing, Diversity and Inclusion.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there was a dire need to end hate and make communities safer for Muslim citizens.

Last year, the country announced its intention to make January 29 the National Day of Commemoration of the attack on the Quebec mosque and of action against Islamophobia. This year, on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack, it supports Muslim communities and reaffirms its commitment to exposing and combating Islamophobia and hate-motivated violence, the government said in a statement.

He noted that Islamophobia is a concrete and daily reality for Muslim communities in Canada and around the world, adding that it is the government’s responsibility to fight discrimination and continue to build a more inclusive society.

In July 2021, the federal government held a virtual National Summit on Islamophobia and the appointment of a special representative was one of the recommendations put forward at the Summit. It is seen as a further step in the government’s ongoing work through Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy to combat Islamophobia in all its forms.

A welcome step!

Welcoming the decision, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that Trudeau’s timely call to action resonated with what he had long stood for.

On January 29, 2017, six worshipers were killed and five others seriously injured after a 27-year-old man opened fire in a mosque during evening prayers. The shooting, which Prime Minister Trudeau denounced as a terrorist attack, sparked debate over the treatment of newcomers as Canadians were tested by increasing numbers of migrants crossing from the United States to the province of Quebec, reported the Hindustan Times.

That same year, an anti-Islam rally was held in the city of London, Ontario, organized by a group called the Patriots of Canada Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA).

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