Hon. Caroline Mulroney
McMurtry-Scott Building, 11th Floor
720 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
Dear Attorney General Mulroney:
I hope this finds you well. I am writing on behalf of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to support Bill 83, An Act to proclaim a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. Passage of Bill 83 would be a fitting tribute to victims of hate and serve as an annual reminder of Ontario’s commitment to human rights and ending hate and intolerance.
Following the attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City in 2017, the OHRC has publicly supported the designation of January 29 as a day of remembrance. For example, on the one year anniversary of the attack, I wrote an opinion editorial in the Toronto Star calling on the government to designate January 29 as the ‘National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and Hate Crimes’. In November 2018, the OHRC wrote the federal Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism to support the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and over 100 community organizations in their calls to designate January 29 as a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance.
Passing Bill 83 would be an important symbolic step towards fighting hate in Ontario. The OHRC encourages the government to take the next steps to ensure that this Bill is sent back to the House for third reading and final passage as soon as possible.
Renu Mandhane, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Ontario Human Rights Commission