A Call-Out from Former Canadian NDP leader Ed Broadbent
Posted January 30th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
The past two days have been chilling.
This Sunday, January 29th, 2017, the horrific effects of hate rocked the whole country with the terrorist attack on the mosque in Sainte-Foy.
Our hearts this morning are with the Muslim community in Quebec and across Canada. As the investigation into this horror continues, it is more important than ever for each and every one of us to stand up against hate.
Sunday’s (January 29th) attack came a day after Donald Trump’s disgusting and terrifying Muslim ban took effect in the United States.
On that first day, the consequences were horrifying. Refugees fleeing war, violence and persecution were turned away at the border. Families were split up. Promising researchers and students were barred from institutions where they work to advance science and knowledge.
Most dismaying though was that a group of people was singled out and treated as uniformly threatening, untrustworthy and lesser because of their faith.
Let’s be clear — the recent executive order by President Trump banning Muslim immigration and refugees is stunning in its brazenness, clearly racist in origin, damaging to the lives of real people, and has undoubtedly made the world a more dangerous place for us all.
As we saw on Sunday, we are susceptible to the effects of its abhorrent creed here in Canada. We must fight back.
We’ve put together a petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to take the following steps immediately:
- Publicly denounce the executive order in explicit terms.
- Lift the current cap on private sponsorship of refugees.
- After clearance, offer status to those stranded by the executive order.
- Immediately suspend the Safe Third Country agreement with the United States.
Will you sign the petition linked here and share it with your friends and family?
Click on the following link for the petition — http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/travel_ban_petition?utm_campaign=jan30_17trvlpro&utm_medium=email&utm_source=broadbent .
The Canadian government must respond with action, not simply words. We must fight back together.
The menace from Donald Trump’s politics – politics parroted by the Front National in France, by UKIP in Britain, by the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, and yes, by politicians in Canada such as Kellie Leitch – will only grow unless we push back.
Sign the petition here today, and please share it with your friends.
More than one million British citizens so far have signed a petition, urging their Prime Minister to cancel a State Visit to their country from U.S. President Donald Trump. Click on the following to see that petition – http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/29/europe/uk-petition-president-trump-ban-trnd/ .
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