STATEMENT: Mayor Crombie Responds to Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found At Mississauga Park

December 20, 2022

“I am angered and horrified to learn about the anti-Semitic graffiti found at Mississauga Valley Park, especially at such a joyous time when our City’s Jewish community comes together to celebrate Hanukkah.  This is deeply concerning and unacceptable, and has absolutely no place in our community. This incident has been reported to Peel Regional Police for further investigation, and I thank them for treating the investigation of hate crimes such as this one with the utmost seriousness. I have asked police to conduct this investigation as swiftly as possible, and lay charges where warranted. City staff are also working to remove the graffiti immediately and I thank them for their swift response.

I will reiterate that hate and racism have no place in our City. We will not let hatred take root in our city and we will do everything in our power to stop it. Mississauga is a place where we embrace diversity and celebrate the myriad of religions and cultures that are represented across our community. At no point of the year is this truer than now, as we are in the midst of celebrating the many religious and cultural observances that occur over the holiday season.

I want our Jewish community to know that I stand with you, especially during this time of peace, joy and celebration. Do not let this incident break your spirit, this is not representative of who we are as a city. Continue to be proud of who you are, thrive in our community and keep lighting the menorah as you celebrate Hanukkah.”

Bonnie Crombie
Mayor of Mississauga