Statement on the Fatal Attack on A Muslim Family in London, Ontario
We are horrified and outraged by the brutal murder of four people of a Muslim family in London, Ontario because of their religion. We condemn in the strongest term this hate motivated, heinous crime.
We express our deepest sympathy to the surviving and extended families of the victims. We stand in solidarity with them and with the Muslim community in Canada.
This is not the first time that Muslim Canadians get killed by domestic terrorists motivated by hate. Our governments, education systems and media must do more to reduce prejudice and hate against Islam and any other religion. We collectively as a society must advance the values of multiculturalism, racial harmony, equity and human rights, and make every effort possible to prevent such killings from happening again.
Hate crime has been on the rise in Canada. We call upon the federal government to act and strengthen and toughen its hate crime legislation, as communities and human rights groups have called for, and both federal and provincial and territorial governments to provide clear and adequate guidelines and training on hate crime prosecution and sentencing.
Hate crimes must stop, and perpetrators must be prosecuted and punished to the degrees they deserve.
CPAC, formerly Chinese Professionals Association of Canada, is a not-for-profit organization serving the community of internationally educated professionals. For nearly three decades, CPAC has been helping immigrant professionals with their licensure, skills upgrading, employment, professional and leadership development, cultural integration and accessing international business opportunities. CPAC also advocates on issues important to Chinese Canadians, with the goal of achieving the full potential of a diverse and inclusive Canadian society. The organization now has over 30,000 members from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds with a wide range of professional training and skills. CPAC members have access to a comprehensive package of services and benefits to enhance their life in Canada.