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March 16, 2017: Federal Report; Community unity.

March 16, 2017: Federal Report;
Community unity.

By Catherine McKenna, MP Ottawa Centre.

The month of March brings many things to look forward to, the sun is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and soon our neighbourhoods will be filled with green grass. March is the month we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and Lent. The first Friday of March is also World Day of Prayer – a day dedicated to hearing the concerns and needs of others, and standing in solidarity with them around the world.

With that day in mind, I wanted to take some time to write about community unity. The shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec on January 29, 2017 that took the lives of six innocent men shocked me. I was deeply saddened to hear of an attack on openness, diversity, and freedom of religion, an attack on the values we cherish as Canadians.

In the days and weeks that followed the tragic event, I was moved by the outpouring of support from many residents of Ottawa Centre West who chose to rise and stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters. Seeing the community unite made me proud to be Canadian and proud to represent Ottawa Centre.

As residents of Ottawa, we need to make sure that every single day; we continue to stand up against intolerance, because unfortunately, this city is not immune to the type of hatred that motivated the attack in Quebec. In the Fall of 2016, we saw the very doors to our places of worship – mosques, churches and synagogues – stained with symbols of hatred and division.

On March 3rd I sat down with faith leaders from around the city to discuss interfaith work here in our capital. I have been working closely with these leaders to listen to their ideas and explore innovative ways we can continue to stand together. It is important that we work as one to break down prejudice and do all we can to promote community unity.

The federal government is also supporting projects that celebrate our multicultural heritage and diversity. If you are part of an organization that runs projects promoting inclusion and acceptance of people of different cultures, religions, and ethnic groups, your initiatives may qualify for funding through the Inter-Action: Multicultural Funding Program.

Diversity is our strength and I know that we will move forward together, with love and compassion. If you’d like to find out more about this work or get engaged yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

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