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Thursday: Conservative motion on religious discrimination

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February 16, 2017 10:12amET

One day after debating a Liberal MP’s motion on Islamophobia, the House of Commons considers the following Conservative motion on an opposition supply day:

That the House:

(a) recognize that Canadian society is not immune to the climate of hate and fear exemplified by the recent and senseless violent acts at a Quebec City mosque;

(b) condemn all forms of systemic racism, religious intolerance, and discrimination of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other religious communities; and

(c) instruct the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to undertake a study on how the government could

(i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating all types of discrimination in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making,

(ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities; and that the Committee report its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Watch the debate LIVE on-air and online just after 10am ET / 7am PT.

Liberals have already signalled their opposition to the motion:

You can find last night’s debate at 1:41:45:

The government indicated support for that motion, introduced by Toronto-area MP Iqra Khalid:

Also today:

  • MPs also debate a private member’s motion on formaldehyde emissions.
  • The indigenous affairs committee hears from child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock on First Nations mental health and suicide.
  • Former justice minister Irwin Cotler discusses Bill S-219 (non-nuclear Iran sanctions) at the Senate foreign affairs committee.

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