Two Groups protested the same non-binding motion brought forward by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid in December, which asks the government to condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.
Close to 15 people, who say they are part of a group called the Canadian Coalition for Concerned Citizens protested against the motion out front of city hall on Saturday, saying the government should focus on racism towards all religions, not just Islam. That includes Judaism, Christianity and hateful speech towards the LGBTQ community.
CCCC believe if the motion became a bill and subsequently law, it would impose Sharia Law, taking away from the freedom of speech for Canadians.
The P.G for Unity in Our Community group counter protested the CCCC’s protest, with close to 90 people showing up, young and old sharing a message of unity and standing up for Islam.
The protest was met with some hateful speech, with one man yelling phrases such as “go back to your country.” He was drowned out by loud chants of “Love Trumps Hate.”
Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said last month that the Liberal government is in support of motion M-103.
This was one of many protests that took place across the country in other cities.