Ontario Premier calls for ‘united stand in fact of anti-Semitism and hatred’ at Toronto vigil

Thousands attend vigil for victims of Saturday, October 27th mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Remarks of Ontario Premier Doug Ford at Toronto vigil

Posted October 29th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Joyce Fienberg, one of the victims of this act of hatred that unfolded in in Pittsburgh this past Saturday,, grew up in Toronto.

Thank you to everyone here tonight (this Monday, October 29th), and to the organizers of tonight’s vigil. Thank you for providing this opportunity for us to come together as a community, to grieve, to remember, and to stand united in the face of anti-Semitism and hatred. 

We are seeing too often the rise of hatred and indeed the rise in anti-Semitism even right here in Ontario. Let me be clear, and I know I speak on behalf of all MPPs: there is no place for hatred and racism in Ontario.

Tonight, I am here with my fellow MPPs to tell you that the government of Ontario and the people of Ontario are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish community, our friends and neighbours. And we will always, always stand with you.

Ontario has built itself on an openness that I am truly proud of. We have built this province to not only accept differences but embrace them. This past weekend’s tragedy flies in the face of all this. We must stand together against hatred in all its forms. 

As the families of the victims gather together to mourn their loss, I can only wish that the memories of the victims be a blessing, and let us work together to ensure this never happens again.

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