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e-3185 (Social affairs and equality)

E-petition
Initiated by Randy Guzar from Cambridge, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The swastika is an odious and hateful symbol most readily associated with the nefarious Nazi regime;
  • The swastika is hurtful to the victims and families of those who suffered at the hands of the murderous and genocidal Nazis, including Holocaust victims, Jewish people, the LGBTQ+ community, Romani people, and many others;
  • The Canadian Armed Forces fought against the Nazi regime in World War II and thus this name denigrates their sacrifice, and is insulting to veterans and active service people;
  • There is a street in Puslinch, Ontario, called “Swastika Trail” which was named shortly after the Nazi Party co-opted the symbol; and
  • No public place in Canada should be associated with the swastika where it can be perceived to be in reference to the Nazi Party.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Condemn the use of the “swastika” as a sign, symbol, or name in public areas in a manner where it will, or is likely to, expose Canadians to hatred, insults, or disparages the dignity of any person or group due to their race, religion, nationality, ancestry, or place of origin; and
2. Work with the appropriate level of government to take every available measure to ensure that the “swastika” is changed in any public place where it is used as a sign, symbol, or name in such a manner where it will, or is likely to, expose Canadians to hatred, insults, or disparages the dignity of any person or group due to their race, religion, nationality, ancestry, or place of origin.
Open for signature
February 18, 2021, at 6:34 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 18, 2021, at 6:34 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Bryan May (Cambridge)
June 22, 2021 (Petition No. 432-01209)
Photo - Bryan May
Cambridge
Liberal Caucus
Ontario
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