If fundamental freedoms can be enjoyed only selectively, provided you don't say the "wrong" thing, and provided that you don't belong to the "wrong" religion, they are worthless.
M-103 has proven divisive.
What needs to be made clear is that most Canadians challenging this motion are not challenging the issues facing the Muslim communities, or that racism does not exist; what they are uncomfortable with in this motion is the fact that it is favouring one community over others.
M-103 a hot topic in Conservative leadership race.
Progressives need to demand that Liberals work with Conservatives to address bigotry, by condemning it in clear and unambiguous terms while also addressing the anxieties that can give rise to it. If Liberals do not stop playing their dangerous game, there is real danger.
While I feel debating Motion 103 is a well-meaning act in the face of unspeakable violence and tragedy, racism affects a broad spectrum of people and it is short-sighted of our government to single out Islamophobia in their motion.
Beyond law, we need merciless introspection, critical thinking and honest dialogue on part of both conservative and Muslim Canadians that would draw the two communities together and isolate hateful people. We cannot afford to lose more lives to radicalization and supremacism.
Iqra Khalid accused Tories of making a "fake frenzy around the word Islamophobia."
“It is real. It can be defined and it has no place in Canada.”
Irwin Cotler served in the justice portfolio under Liberal prime minister Paul Martin.