The federal government has passed a non-binding motion condemning Islamophobia this Thursday.
Despite some bitter opposition to the motion known as M-103, the President of the B.C. Muslim Association sees today’s vote as a solid step on a path forward.
Daud Ismail says though the motion is non-binding, it’s an important stand for the government to take.
“I think this will be a good step forward in creating good relationships… we have come a long way after all of these years and to profile one group I think is a no-no in the modern time, in this world.”
Ismail says he is also optimistic that people can move forward.
“I think the Muslim population in Canada will appreciate that, and moving forward I think we all need to live together as human beings irrespective of our differences. We need to respect each other and respect our differences.”
The non-binding motion urges the government to condemn Islamophobia, work toward reducing racism and discrimination, and stem a growing climate of fear.
A heated debate preceded the vote, with protests and counter-protests emerging throughout Canada in the lead-up.
In the end, however, the motion passed 201 to 91 votes, with most Conservative MP’s voting against.