News 17 february — 15:21

Canada gov’t bid for ‘anti-Islamophobia’ motion stalls

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An anti-Islamophobia motion proposed by the Canadian government stalled Thursday in Parliament and now awaits a new proposal next week from the opposition Conservative party, Anadolu Agency reports.

The motion, M-103, was tabled in Parliament by MP Iqra Khalid, a Muslim.

It asked the government to “recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear”, and condemn Islamophobia, along with other racist and religious discrimination, according to the Canadian Press wire service.

It was endorsed by the National Council of Canadian Muslims that previously called on Members of Parliament to support the motion in light of the recent shooting at a Quebec City mosque where six were Muslims were killed and 19 injured, CTV television news reported.

The motion is non-binding, meaning it is not enshrined in law and is more of a guideline, but is an important symbolic rejection of “discrimination and prejudice against Muslims”, said Conservative MP Michael Chong.

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