Divisive comments on Islam hurtful, wrong: Jinny Sims MP

This press release appeared first at: http://jinnysims.ndp.ca/posts/press-releases

September 20, 2011

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.

Sincerely,

Jinny Sims, MP

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