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Wednesday: MPs debate Islamophobia motion

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February 15, 2017 UPDATED 9:54amET

The House of Commons is scheduled to debate a motion on Islamophobia at approx. 6pm ET / 3pm PT. WATCH LIVE

Introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid in December 2016, Motion M-103 reads:

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should:

(a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear;

(b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and

(c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could

(i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, 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 should present 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.

Also, Bill C-37 moves to third-reading debate. And MPs vote on Bill S-211.

In committee:

  • Two members of the finance minister’s Advisory Panel on Economic Growth, Ilse Treurnicht and Michael Sabia, appear at the Commons finance committee. LIVE ONLINE 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT
  • The human resources committee visits Winnipeg to study poverty reduction strategies.
  • Several top Canadian media executives go before the Senate legal affairs committee, which is considering a bill to protec journalistic sources (S-231). LIVE ONLINE 5:15pm ET / 2:15pm PT

-Andrew Thomson

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