This press release appeared first at: http://jinnysims.ndp.ca/posts/press-releases
Today, Jinny Sims sent the following Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to you today as a Member of Parliament representing one of the most diverse ridings in Canada – one that also includes a large Muslim population.
During your recent interview on CBC you referred to “Islamicism” being the “major threat” to Canada. These comments are not only confusing and misleading – as others have rightly pointed out – they are also deeply offensive to the many hard-working, peaceful Muslims who live in my riding of Newton – North Delta and across the country.
This summer’s horrific events in Norway, where a right-wing extremist gunned down dozens of innocent teenagers, confirm that security threats can come from many different sources. To single out one group of Canadians as more of a threat than others is both divisive and wrong.
Simply put, Canada needs its leaders to bring us together, not further divide us. As the Prime Minister for all Canadians, I hope that in the future you will choose your words more carefully.
I look forward to your response.
Jinny Sims, MP