Anniversary of Quebec mosque shooting: Minister Aheer
Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, issued the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City:
“On this day in 2017, Canada was stunned by the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. Six people died, 19 others were injured, and countless people questioned their safety in this country.
“This incident revealed dark threads of racism and discrimination against Muslims in our country, and the need to come together to fight against all forms of hatred.
“It is our collective responsibility to end racism so that those who are turning their face to God do not have to look over their shoulder in fear. Each one of us has the power to build a home where Albertans feel safe, welcome, and able to pursue their dreams. Our province was built in collaboration with people from many different faiths and cultures, and we will not be able to succeed if we let hatred continue to exist.
“Today, let us remember the victims of this tragedy, and commit to fighting racism and ending hate crimes in their honour.”