In the wake of last night’s tragic events at a Quebec City mosque, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and to those within our faith communities.
Diversity has always played an important part in Ontario's culture and heritage. It has helped us to show leadership nationally and internationally as an inclusive place, particularly in the last year, where our government welcomed and supported over 16,000 Syrian refugees.
Closer to home I am incredibly proud of the generosity of families, faith and community organizations who have sponsored and are supporting and welcoming Syrian refugees to Burlington. The City of Burlington, our federal government agencies and local refugee settlement organizations have also played an incredibly important role in welcoming our refugees with support and open arms.
Our government recognizes the significant contributions Muslims have made, and continue to make, to Ontario's cultural and social fabric and prosperity. Many of us come from other places and I applaud the Burlington community for continuing to be a fair and welcoming place for all.
At this time, it is more important than ever to come together as one community. Tonight we gather to condemn all forms of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism, and intolerance, and stand in solidarity with our Muslim community.
Eleanor McMahon, MPP
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