For Immediate Release

March 23, 2017

Mayor Crombie Applauds Passage of MP Khalid’s Motion Combating Islamophobia and Racism

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council I want to congratulate Mississauga-Erin Mills Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid on the successful passage of her Private Members’ Motion (M-103) to address the very serious problems of racism and discrimination, and for refusing to back down in the face of bigoted opponents. I wish to further recognize Mississauga MPs Sven Spengemann and Omar Alghabra for seconding MP Khalid’s motion.

“Mississauga is ready to do its part. In February, Council passed its own motion to support M-103. Our motion invites the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to hold hearings in Mississauga and waive the fees for using meeting space.

“Mississauga is enriched by diversity. Council knows local community groups, organizations and residents can be an important part of the solution and help the Canadian Heritage Committee fulfill the goals set out in M-103.”

“Issues of national importance, like efforts to combat systemic racism, religious discrimination and Islamophobia specifically, have a direct impact on safeguarding and elevating the quality of life of Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga.

“As Mayor, I have seen Canada’s cities at their best. Our communities are where all people, of all backgrounds, are free to raise a family, earn an education, start a business, celebrate their faith in peace, and give back as responsible and compassionate citizens.

“There is no tolerance for intolerance. No one should ever have to think twice about calling Canada home. Canada’s cities and towns must always be welcoming and inclusive. Eliminating systemic racism, religious discrimination and Islamophobia is a national call to action. We all must work to eliminate it.”