Islamophobia and white supremacy 'cannot be tolerated:' BC premier

Mar 15 2019, 9:02 pm

After the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, BC Premier John Horgan said “people around the world” are grieving.

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“As we mourn and pray for those who have been injured, we send our deepest condolences to people who have lost their loved ones,” said Horgan. “To our friends in the Muslim community, we stand with you.”

To murder in a place of worship, he added, “is a deep violation.”

Horgan said the rise of hate and extremist violence around the world is disturbing.

“Islamophobia and white supremacy are being spread by cowardly people for political gains and that cannot be tolerated,” he furthered. “People around the world feel less safe in their communities today, and that is something we cannot accept.”

The lives of British Columbians are “made better every day by the inclusive, multicultural province we are so lucky to live in,” he said. “We cannot let those who seek to spread hatred take that from us.”

While people might feel powerless in these types of situations, Horgan said now’s the time to stand up.

“Together, we have to fight for a better world,” he said. “Only with love can we stop hate. Only with compassion can we understand that we are all the same.”

The attack left 49 people dead and 48 others injured.