On behalf of our our One Million Members in the National Pensioners Federation, we declare our endorsement of MP Peter Julian’s private member’s motion, Motion M-84 Anti-Hate Crimes and Incidents and his private member’s bill Bill-C 313 Banning Symbols of Hate Act. 

We must all stand up against the ugly unprecedented time. Canadians are horrified in the killings of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old Indigenous-Ukrainian-Black Canadian woman, occurred in Toronto, and Chantel Moore, an Indigenous Canadian woman, was shot and killed by Edmundston police, New Brunswick police, who were called to perform a wellness check – were results of systemic racism.

We have all taken witness since the start of the pandemic, there has been an alarming increase of anti-Asian racism and hate crimes in Canada and across North America. A new Angus Reid public opinion poll shows that nearly 50% of young Asian Canadians have experienced and been affected by anti-Asian racism and bigotry in the last year. Statistics Canada reported that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, fear and misinformation about the virus may disproportionately impact the sense of personal and community safety of many people in Canada.

The recent murder of the Muslim family in London, Ontario, was yet another reminder that hate and Islamophobia exist in Canada. We must take a strong stance against all forms of hate and racism against Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and Racialized communities.

Bill C-313 would prevent anyone from selling and displaying symbols that promote hatred and violence against identifiable groups. It is important to ban hate symbols such as swastikas or Klu Klux Klan insignia so that all Canadians can feel safe.

On behalf of our members the National Pensioners Federation urges this Parliament to act swiftly on the passage of Bill C 313 Banning Symbols of Hate Act and Motion M-84 Anti Hate Crimes and Incidents.