Hate is the 2021 election’s elephant in the room. Here’s what social impact organizations want federal leaders to do about it.
Why It Matters
Hate is a life-or-death issue for many Canadians, be they Black, Indigenous, Muslim, Asian, Sikh, queer, trans, or a woman. All of the major political parties have made promises to end hate, but that won’t happen without sustained pressure from leaders themselves.
Trigger warning: This story includes mentions of racist violence.
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pelted with gravel after boarding a campaign bus in London, Ont., earlier this week, he was getting a taste of the vitriol many racialized, religious, and LGBTQ Canadians live with on a daily basis.
Hate-based attacks, be they verbal or physical, are routine in this country, ranging from racial slurs to the Quebec City mosque massacre of 2017, where white supremacist Alexandre Bissonnette murdered six Muslims during a prayer service with a military-style assault rifle.
“There is no clearer evidence of the existential threat presented by the dangers of online hate to the Canadian Muslim community and Canadians in general,” says a new election guide by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) of the massacre.
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