Today, Private Member’s Bill C-305, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Mischief) came up for second reading in the House of Commons. As the Bill’s seconder and one of its advocates, MP Sidhu made a ten-minute speech in support of its aims of diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, religious freedom, and fighting back against hate.
“This Bill is a strong response to hateful acts, like the tragic shooting in a Quebec City Mosque. Multiculturalism is why people move to Canada, it is a country of harmony where people can freely start new lives and raise families. It’s at the core of what attracts people in other countries to want to build a life here in Canada… Never forget that our inclusive, remarkable country today was only possible because of immigrants.” Sonia Sidhu
Liberal Member of Parliament for Brampton South
The video has been viewed almost 2,000 times on MP Sidhu’s Facebook page, and was also posted on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. The Bill was proposed by Liberal MP Chandra Arya, seconded by MP Sidhu, and has seen support from all corners of the House of Commons. The government has signaled they will support the bill with some technical amendments to ensure it best meets its goal.
MP Sidhu answered questions she had received at local Mandirs, Gurdwaras, Masjids, Mosques, Synagogues, and other places of worship in her speech when she said, “[hate speech and hate-motivated mischief] should not be tolerated in Canada… In Canada, such a great, welcoming, open, free country, our citizens shouldn’t walk in fear in our communities… In a world where many live in fear – Canada can be a beacon. Our government stands up against that fear and that approach.”
The speech also highlighted a number of organizations that support this bill, and emphasized MP Sidhu’s belief that we need to protect sacred and cherished places in our communities.