Quebec City, London Mayor in Ottawa: Listen, take action against Islamophobia

London Mayor Ed Holder and Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume urge the federal government to listen to Muslim Canadians and take urgent action to combat Islamophobia.

A letter penned by the two mayors was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week after police alleged a hateful car accident on June 6 that killed four members of the London Afzaal family.

Four years ago a man walked into a mosque in Quebec City during evening prayers, opened fire, killed six and injured many others.

“As a result of these and countless other heinous Islamophobic incidents, both subtle and overt, the need for urgent action is undeniable,” wrote Holder and Labeaume. “First and foremost, the voices of people representing Muslim communities across Canada need to be heard.

“Your experiences are crucial and your voices are essential.”

After the alleged London attack, the city council supported the call for a national action summit on Islamophobia, and a motion by MP Lindsay Mathyssen (NDP-London-Fanshawe) to convene an emergency summit was unanimously approved in the House of Commons.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, is accused of killing four members of the Afzaal family while taking an evening stroll in northwest London. He faces four first-degree murder cases and one attempted murder case.

Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their daughter Yumna, 15, and Salman Afzaal’s mother Talat Afzaal, 74, were killed in the crash. A fifth family member, Fayez, 9, was seriously injured.

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