Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ Charter for Inclusive Communities

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I would like to extend my full support for the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ Charter for Inclusive Communities. We strongly believe that Ontario is at its best when we’re all included, and nobody is left behind.
As elected officials, we have the tools before us to make a difference in the lives of so many Ontarians, but it’s time we have the collective will to use them. That means making choices, and showing leadership for all Ontarians. We must take positive steps to challenge inequality, which is why Ontario’s New Democrats proudly stand with the commitments outlined in the Charter and why we fought hard for the creation of the Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat. We need a government body that is dedicated to work with others to develop policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to eliminate racism in Ontario.
It’s simply unacceptable that hates crimes against Muslim Canadians continue to rise.  In the face of such violence, we must reaffirm our openness, our love for each other, and our determination to build a better future together. Islamophobia, like all other forms of racism, hate, xenophobia, and bigotry, affect people in real and lasting ways. We must be proactive in making sure that Ontario can be a better place for everyone—a province of greater inclusivity, respect, equality, justice, and opportunity.
I would like to thank the National Council of Canadian Muslims—as well as all of the other community organizations and advocates—that work to create a better Ontario. Together, we will continue to fight for opportunities for people in every corner of Ontario.