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Statistics Canada reveals new hate crime numbers

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Queen’s University researcher Wagdy Loza is available to comment on a new Statistics Canada report that shows hate crimes are increasing in Canada. According to the report, the three per cent increase in hate crimes was a result of more incidents targeting South Asians and Arabs or West Asians, the Jewish population, and people based on their sexual orientation. Notably, hate crimes against Muslims and Catholics declined in 2016.

“The Statistics Canada report confirmed what many have argued, of the inappropriateness of including Islamophobia in Motion-103 or M-103,” says Dr. Loza. “Motion 103, introduced by MP Iqra Khalid, is a request to condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination. Based on official statistics from 2014, 2015, and 2016 Jewish religion has been the target of hate crime with a much higher rate than the hate crimes committed against Muslims. Would Canadian Jews introduce a Judo-phobia Motion?”

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