Green Party of Canada supports proposed National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

(OTTAWA) January 17, 2018 — The Green Party of Canada is proud to be the first federal political party to support a proposal by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) for a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia to coincide with the anniversary of the massacre at a Quebec City mosque on January 29 last year.

“The growth of far-right movements across North America and in other Western countries threatens the safety of anyone deemed – through the colour of their skin, their accent, their attire, or their beliefs – to be unwelcome,” said Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), Leader of the Green Party of Canada. “Canadians must come together to condemn acts of violence against Muslims and all expressions of bigotry.

“Diverse Muslim organizations have called on the Liberal government to recognize January 29 both as a day to remember the innocent worshippers murdered in Sainte-Foy, and as a day to recognize that we must act together to combat and eliminate Islamophobia.

“On a bitterly cold night last January, I joined Members of Parliament representing all parties and thousands of residents of Quebec City in a candlelight vigil as we stood together in solidarity with the Muslim community. Let us stand together again in support of this day of remembrance and action,” concluded Ms. May.