M-103, the anti-Islamophobia motion currently before the House of Commons entitled “Systemic racism and religious discrimination", will come to a vote soon. After reading and considering the text of the motion, I will be voting against it.
As someone whose faith is integral to my life, I am grateful for and believe very strongly in the religious freedom we enjoy here in Canada. That freedom, which includes protection against discrimination based on your faith, is a right for ALL Canadians and I will fight to protect those rights and freedoms.
M-103 is not inclusive. It singles out just one faith. I believe that all religions deserve the same level of respect and protection.
M-103 does not define Islamophobia.
M-103 could be interpreted as a step towards stifling free speech and legitimate criticism.
It is also important to note that we already have laws that protect Canadians against discrimination based on their faith. We also have laws against inciting violence.
For all these reasons, I will be voting against M-103.