Green Party Statement on National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

OTTAWA – Today, the Green Party of Canada joins with all Canadians to remember the victims of terrorism and sends its deepest condolences those who have lost loved ones to terrorist attacks.

“The horrific Islamophobic attack in London, Ontario, earlier this month is a stark reminder that individuals harbouring hatred and violent intentions live among us,” said Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. “Canada is regarded as a welcoming, peaceful nation, and it is. However, in the last decade too many Canadians have been attacked because of their faith, race or gender identity.

“As in many other countries, hatred and bigotry have been on the rise in Canada, during the pandemic and in the years preceding it. We must remain resolute in rejecting and condemning violent ideologies that promote extremism. We must ensure that digital platforms, often the pulpit for the spread of disinformation and hateful rhetoric, are regulated and vigilantly monitored to prevent the continuing dissemination of such hateful ideologies.

“Today, our hearts are with all victims' families, but especially with the youngest member of the Afzaal family, nine-year old Fayez, who lost his parents, sister and grandmother. Terrorism can occur at any time and in any place. For those affected, the grief and pain endures. We must continue to work both at home, and with international partners to eradicate the root causes of terrorism.”

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