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e-3512 (Public safety)

Initiated by Doris Mah from Burnaby, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a staggering increase in anti-Asian racism in Canada;
  • Fear and misinformation about the virus may disproportionately impact the sense of personal and community safety of some ethno-cultural groups;
  • Many Asian Canadians feel that they need to adjust their lives in order to avoid run-ins or otherwise unpleasant encounters;
  • Many Asian Canadians worry about their children being bullied in schools.
  • Young Asian Canadians are more likely to have experienced and been affected by anti-Asian racism and bigotry over the last year; and
  • The hatred and racially motivated murder of the Muslim family in London, Ontario, was yet another reminder that hate and Islamophobia existed in Canada
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Put into place a reporting and tracking system for hate crimes and incidents of hate;
2. Launch a robust public education campaign across Canada to tackle the systemic racism and its impact of racist actions, gestures and verbal abuse;
3. Ensure that comprehensive victim services are available to all those who are victims of hate crimes or hate incidents;
4. Eliminate harmful images and stereotypes present in media and cinema;
5. Strengthen all legislation against hate and introduce amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act to ensure that hate speech no longer occurs with impunity; and
6. Ensure that all federal government agencies and institutions consider the prevention of discrimination and the promotion of diversity as guiding principles of their work.
Open for signature
June 17, 2021, at 12:08 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 15, 2021, at 12:08 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Peter Julian
New Westminster—Burnaby
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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