Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Statement regarding massacre at Quebec City Mosque

O'Hare International Airport Jan 30 2017
(Photo credit: Chicago Tribune)
Dear Constituents,

I would like to add my voice to the many Canadians who are expressing condolences, compassion and solidarity for our Muslim friends, family and neighbours at this difficult time. A massacre inside a Mosque in Quebec City - it is shocking to contemplate.

This is a moment for all good-hearted people to speak up for the values of diversity and inclusiveness. A moment to recommit ourselves to multiculturalism and respect for human rights. It is very inspiring to see this happening all over Canada.

Below is a beautiful statement, shared with permission, that was sent yesterday from Victoria's Jewish Community to the its Muslim Community.

And here is a powerful statement of support from BC NDP Opposition Leader John Horgan: http://bcndpcaucus.ca/…/si…/5/2017/01/Condolences-letter.pdf.

Finally, I want to make sure you have heard that there will be a vigil later this morning to honour the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting and to demonstrate support for the local Muslim community. Thank you Mayor Helps and Victoria Council for organizing this. It starts at 11 a.m. at the City Hall Flag Pole.


Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South


Imam Nur and members of the Masjid Al-Iman
We are horrified and appalled at the murders of people at prayer in La Grande mosquée de Québec, and at the violence that seems to have been growing against Muslims amongst xenophobic communities in North America and Europe.
In our deepest being, Jewish people understand the pain of baseless hatred and how that hatred can start with words but often proceeds to deeds. And we know that we cannot just wish hatred and intolerance away: we have to work together to grow understanding and appreciation of others who may differ from us.
The members and Board of Congregation Emanu-El want to let you know that we will mourn the loss of life in Quebec City, and recognize the pain your community in Victoria must be feeling.
Aharaon Ittah, President
Congregation Emanu-El
Dr. Richard Kool
Director, Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery