Iqra Khalid

Your member of parliament for


Mississauga-Erin Mills

Iqra Khalid

Your member of parliament for


Mississauga-Erin Mills

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MP Iqra Khalid Statement on the 2018 Public Report on the Terror Threat to Canada

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 titledĀ “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of this report, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, Acknowledged the use of this outdated terminology and has asked officials to conduct a thorough review and make appropriate changes to the language used throughout the report.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.

Sincerely,

Iqra Khalid

MP Mississauga Erin Mills