December 15th, 2018
MP Iqra Khalid Statement on the 2018 Public Report on the Terror Threat to Canada
Many Canadians have expressed their concerns to me about the annual report released by Public Safety Canada.
Having read the report, I share these deep concerns regarding specific terminology which frames whole communities in a very negative light. Specifically, , the sections in the report titled “Sikh (Khalistani) Extremism,” “Sunni Islamist Extremism,” and “Shia Extremism” appear to paint these entire communities as extremist.
Canada is home to over a million people who share the Muslim and Sikh faiths. They, along with Canadians from all faiths, cultures, and ethnicities have contributed to the essence and fabric of the beautiful nation Canada is today. It is of the utmost importance that we, as Canadians, continue to build bridges with and between our diverse communities. Using terminology that is exclusionary and overbroad is not only hurtful to the affected communities but also inhibits our ability to effectively live and work together in harmony and mutual respect.
Following the release of this report, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, Acknowledged the use of this outdated terminology and has asked officials to conduct a thorough review and make appropriate changes to the language used throughout the report. I appreciate this statement from Minister Goodale, and I look forward to this review and to sharing its results with my constituents.
MP Mississauga Erin Mills