Local Muslim community leaders have drafted a letter calling on all Ontario provincial parties to commit to passing the Our London Family Act within 100 days of the Ontario election.
Ontario New Democrats introduced the new bill in February to combat Islamophobia and other forms of hatred less than a year after the London, Ont., bombing last summer.
The Our London Family Act, or Bill 86, responds to calls from Muslim leaders to take concrete and meaningful action to address Islamophobia in Ontario.
The NDP motion did not pass in March before the legislature dissolved ahead of the June 2 election.
I am very disappointed that the Ford government voted down our motion today, calling for the #OurLondonFamily The law must be brought back now and passed before the next election.
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) March 9, 2022
As a result of this decision, 11 Muslim organizations, including the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the London Muslim Mosque, signed a joint letter to Premier Doug Ford and all other provincial party leaders committing to the bill within a specified time.
“Last week, when Minister Calandra stood at Queen’s Park to note that although the government was in favor of passing the Our London Family Act, it would not be passed before the election and that the government would bring back if elected, we were truly sorry. “, we read in the joint letter.
The groups are calling on all provincial parties to commit to putting in their platforms a promise to work in a fully bipartisan way to see the passage of a version of the Our London Family Act within the first 100 days of office .
Ontario NDP introduces ‘Our London Family Act’ to fight Islamophobia
“We see positive steps in our drive to do more, and we’ve heard a commitment from Leader Andrea Horwath, we’ve heard a pledge from Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, and now it’s up to the government to decide. It is up to the Prime Minister to intervene and suggest that he commit to including it in his platform because it is not a partisan issue. This is a problem for all Canadian Muslims and needs to be addressed as soon as possible,” Fatema Abdalla, Communications Coordinator for NCCM, told Global News.
“On the night of the vigil in London, Ontario, all three government leaders spoke and said they saw and heard the need to do more, the need to do more. So the passage (of) the Our London Family Act will prove that they believe they are committed to those words they spoke that night.
On June 6, 2021, four members of the Afzaal family were killed when they were hit by a truck that ran off the road, in what police believe was a targeted attack because of their Islamic faith.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna and his 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal, were killed while taking an evening stroll on June 6. -an, Fayez, was seriously injured.
September 2023 trial date set in London, Ontario. attack on a muslim family
Nathaniel Veltman, 21, faces four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the June 2021 attack, the deadliest mass murder in London’s history. Veltman was also charged with “murderous terrorist activity”.
Veltman’s trial will begin on September 5, 2023, before Judge Renee M. Pomerance, with 12 weeks reserved for proceedings. He has yet to plead against his charges.
The bill outlines changes like a provincial review of hate crimes and hate-motivated incidents in Ontario, safe zones around religious institutions, and new tools and strategies for Ontario schools to combat all forms of racism. .
It also calls on the President to ban demonstrations at Queen’s Park that incite racist, homophobic, transphobic or xenophobic hatred, and to prevent white supremacist groups from registering as corporations.
Under the law, Ontario would establish an Anti-Racism Advocacy and Advisory Council, to ensure racialized communities have a say in government policies that impact their lives.
— with files by Matthew Trevithick
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