OTTAWA — quebec’s minister of public Safety, Genevieve Guilbault, seems to be open to the creation of a national day against islamophobia on 29 January, the day of the bombing of the great mosque of Quebec.
“It is a discussion that we can have”, she answered Tuesday when The canadian Press asked him the question in the margins of the meeting of the council of ministers caquiste in Gatineau. Ms. Guilbault is back in Quebec with the prime minister François Legault on Tuesday afternoon to participate in the commemoration ceremony scheduled in the evening.
“I was recently in a very different vein, at an event organised by Louis Garneau to be a world day or a national day against texting and driving. So, I think it is a little in the same spirit of trying to establish this thought, this memory, this memory that we want to make it important once and for all in respect of an event which is tragic,” she added.
When it was in opposition last year, the Coalition avenir Québec was opposed to the January 29, a day of struggle against the hatred of muslims in order to focus on the memory of the victims of Quebec.
Two years ago to the day, six people were killed and 19 others were injured when a gunman had burst into their place of worship on January 29, 2017. Alexandre Bissonnette is waiting for his sentence. He pleaded guilty to six counts of premeditated murder and six of attempted murder with a firearm restricted.
Minute of silence
The mps have observed a minute of silence in the House of commons before question period on Tuesday. Several, the conservative mp for the Quebec city region, Gérard Deltell, have made statements denouncing the attack.
“This is a day to mourn the victims, to think of the families who still suffer, and to remember that as Canadians, we must still reject the hate, the violence, and be there for each other,” said the prime minister Justin Trudeau before going in the room.
He has not responded to a question on the need to designate January 29 as the national day against islamophobia.
Groups were getting impatient on Tuesday in front of the slowness of the federal government to move forward, but the government believes that there is no consensus to be able to take action.
The Forum of canadian muslim (FMC) and Canadians for justice and peace in the Middle East (CJPMO) have argued in a press conference that the designation of the 29 January, the day of the attack, would be better able to fight discrimination and hatred against muslims.
“It would give the opportunity to the entire nation to focus on this issue, explained the president of CJPMO, Thomas Woodley. It was on the 6th of December which is a day against violence against women in Canada. It gives us, as a country, the opportunity to put a focus on the current problem.”
The day of December 6 has been designated in the wake of the bombing of the École Polytechnique, where 14 women lost their lives.
They refute the argument of the minister of canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez, who says “want to come up with a solution that is consensus” among various groups.
According to the FMC and the CJPMO, there is already a consensus as 135 agencies, 80 university professors and 4000 Canadians support their request.
They are asking the federal government to take action for the muslims never to relive a killing as that of Quebec.
“I don’t know why there is a reluctance to face this challenge,” said the president of the FMC, Samer Majzoub.
He recalled that the House of commons had already condemned islamophobia on two occasions, in particular by adopting the controversial motion M-103.
The parliamentary committee of Heritage had recommended it nearly a year to the federal government to enact the January 29th “national Day of remembrance and activities relating to islamophobia and any other form of religious discrimination”.
The idea had been advanced by the national Council of canadian muslims who had written to the prime minister and had been submitted to the committee after the adoption Room of the motion M-103.
The elected conservative minority on the committee, had signed a report dissident where they raised some issues such as the definition of the term islamophobia and unfounded allegation, according to them, that a climate of hatred and fear was in the process of moving in the population.