Petition opposing "Islamophobia" Motion-103 relaunched

Posted October 9, 2017 4:15 pm by Editor

Petition opposing "Islamophobia" Motion-103 relaunched

The petition against the controversial Motion-103 can still be signed. It was relaunched by CitizenGo with the intention of reaching 100,000 signatures. If you haven’t done so, please do read the Motion-103, get informed and if you agree with the petition, add your name to the list. Silence and inaction will be taken to mean that Canadians agree with Motion-103.

Here we-reblog an earlier entry about the issue titled, “Motion 103 is another death blow to Canada’s freedom of speech.” (Note: Motion-103 was approved by Canada’s Parliament on March 23, 2017 and is now being studied by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.) This is the entry:

Will the Canadian Liberal government, come to its senses and listen to the will of the people when it comes to Motion 103, and vote against it? Or is the Justin Trudeau Liberal government going to just play politics, with Canadians and say yes to the motion, just to get future votes? The sad result, if this misguided and unnecessary motion passes, is that both Canada’s freedom of speech and democracy itself will be greatly undermined. The motion will restrict the liberty of Canadians and that of the press. And so we should be asking: why so much silence and sheep like response from much of the mainstream media and the majority of our members of parliament (MPs)? The silence and fear will only get worse if the divisive motion is approved.

Motion-103 has been presented by MP Iqra Khalid in Canada’s Parliament. The motion’s intent on the surface is to fight “Islamaphobia.” However, the word isn’t even defined. So, what exactly will the government be trying to stop if the idea isn’t clearly specified? Concerned Canadians are asking themselves why the need for this legislation? Why this special protection for one religion and not others? With all the discrimination against Jews and Christians in recent history, Canadian governments have not seen the need to legislate extra legal protection and so why is it being done now for Muslims? After all, we do have a Constitution and a Charter of Rights and Freedoms the security of all Canadians. 
Here’s what Motion-103 actually says:

Systemic racism and religious discrimination Text of the Motion 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.

The problem with the motion is that it assumes what should be proven; namely, that “Islamophobia” exists; that we know what it is, and that we can develop strategies to combat it. But the answer to these three statements is that we don’t what exactly we are looking for; the motion fails to define the problem, and we have no idea how best to respond. But no doubt government bureaucrats will come up with something when they are instructed and paid to do so. And this make work project, at taxpayers’ expense, could easily cause more problems than the created ones they are attempting to resolve.

The government is playing politics with Canadians. The petition to “Stop the speech restrictive ‘anti-blashemy’ Motion M-103” has received close to 88.000 supporters. Unlike the government, many Canadians are saying NO to Motion-103. If you wish to add you name to the list, and want to read the petition, you may do so here. We hope the Canadian government will listen to Canadians. Why not put the motion to a referendum if the government truly believes it has the backing of Canadians?

The Canadian government should be re-assuring Canadians that it intends to protect all its citizens regardless of race or religion. The government is there to remind Canadians that they have the right to live without the fear of discrimination and harassment. The government should be advancing Canadian values of freedom, justice, democracy and the rule of law. Motion-103 does nothing to unite Canadians. Instead, it does much to divide them. This is one more reason why MPs should vote NO to Motion-103. Peace and good will cannot be legislated. If they could, Canada didn’t have to wait 150 years for the current Liberal government to do so, it would have done it a long time ago.

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