Ontario New Democrats condemn Hate–Motivated crime against Khalsa Community School
BRAMPTON – In a public statement, Bramalea-Gore-Malton MPP Jagmeet Singh has condemned the recent hate-motivated attacks against the Khalsa Community School.
“I am deeply concerned by the recent hate-motivated acts of vandalism. These acts target the most vulnerable in our society, young children, while vandalizing one of the most precious institutions we have in our community, centers of education,” said Singh.
The Brampton Sikh faith community school was vandalized with spray painted swastikas, and acronyms for White Power and the Ku Klux Klan.
Singh expressed his concern on the increase of attacks against the Sikh community.
“These actions do not stand alone. Khalsa Community School has already faced vandalism to its vehicles, and a YouTube video was posted, equating turbans to terrorism. There needs to be a conversation on what the root causes of these actions are so we can work collectively with other community groups, parents, teachers, and youth to begin to address this difficult issue in our community.”
Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario New Democrats adds, “Ontario is home to families of countless ethnicities and faiths. Racism toward the students of the Khalsa Community School, or students in any school across the province, is unacceptable and has no place in Ontario. People across Ontario have the right to go to school, practice their faith, and engage with their community free from discrimination or fear.
“Like my neighbours across Ontario, I am proud of the diversity of our province and our country. I look forward to continuing to work with the members of my team, as well as reaching across the floor to other political parties, to fight for an Ontario that is welcoming and respectful,” said Horwath.
Singh has called for the police to take all the necessary steps to investigate these hate-motivated attacks.
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