Quebec mosque shooting: Ottawa still hesitant to create commemorative day

Quebec mosque shooting: Ottawa still hesitant to create commemorative day
Quebec mosque shooting: Ottawa still hesitant to create commemorative day

In a government response tabled Friday afternoon in the House of Commons, the Liberals delivered no verdict on the matter. 

Presse Canadienne

Updated: June 1, 2018

The Trudeau government seems hesitant of the idea of making Jan. 29 — the anniversary of the Quebec mosque shooting — a national commemorative day against Islamophobia.

It’s been four months since a parliamentary committee recommended it be done. Yet, in a government response tabled Friday afternoon in the House of Commons, the Liberals delivered no verdict on the matter.

In the paragraph of the 24-page document devoted to the suggestion, it’s noted “Canadians must remember this tragedy,” but nothing is said on the possibility of declaring Jan. 29 a commemorative day.

By the end of Friday, the person who signed the government’s response, Mélanie Joly, the minister of Canadian Heritage, had not clarified whether that meant the committee’s recommendation was being axed.

In a report tabled last February, the committee recommended that Jan. 29 be declared a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia.

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In all, the elected representatives of the committee had made 30 proposals after being given the mandate of addressing “systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia.”

At the time, Joly had said she needed to hear from her colleagues before deciding on the issue.

“There is always a process; I must make sure that I have the government’s position, and I will then have the opportunity to announce the government’s position,” she said in February.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims had written to Prime Minister a month earlier asking him to create a day to commemorate the attack, in which six people were killed at the Quebec city mosque.

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