‘Ottawa’ M-103 Protests: Violence Breaks Out as Supporters, Critics of Motion Condemning Islamophobia Clash
MONTREAL — There were some tense moments in the streets of Montreal as supporters and opponents of a House of Commons motion condemning Islamophobia clashed.
Two protests were held in Montreal, one consisting of supporters of a motion before Parliament that condemns Islamophobia, the other by critics of the motion.
Despite police efforts to keep the two sides apart, some scuffles occurred between the two sides as tempers flared.
A similar protest took place in front of Toronto city hall, where some counter-protesters were escorted away by Toronto police. Photos show police tackling one protester to the ground.
A Liberal MP, Mississauga, Ont.’s Iqra Khalid, brought forward M-103 in the House of Commons last December. It was debated last month and is expected to be put to a vote in early April. In the House of Commons debate, she read into the record dozens of racist and sexually derogatory emails laced with expletives.
The federal Conservatives oppose M-103 because of the reference to “Islamophobia”and so Conservative MP David Anderson put forward a motion that was identical in almost every aspect to Khalid’s motion except that it sought to have MPs “condemn all forms of systemic racism, religious intolerance, and discrimination of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other religious communities.
A vote was held on Anderson’s motion and, even though all Conservative, NDP, and BQ MPs voted in favour, it was defeated because Khalid, Joly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the majority Liberal caucus voted against it.
With files from David Akin, National Post.