Anti-Islamophobia motion passes in House of Commons

Mar 23 2017, 9:07 pm

The House of Commons voted to pass M-103– the non-binding motion condemning Islamophobia and forms of systematic racism and discrimination– on March 23.

The motion was passed by a vote of 201 for and 91 against.

M-103, which was tabled by Mississauga–Erin Mills Liberal MP, Iqra Khalid in December 2016, has been at the centre of controversy, debate, and protests around the country, as those critical of the motion argued it limited freedom of speech.

M-103 calls on the “federal government to recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear (by) condemning Islamophobia and all forms of systematic racism and religious discrimination.”

The motion also requests that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage “develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, in Canada.”

The motion was both welcomed and criticized on social media.