M-103 is a motion on Islamophobia passed by the Canadian House of Commons. It was introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid and passed by the House of Commons on 23 March 2017 by a vote of 201-91. SPPIT believes M-103 presents a very real threat to Freedom of Speech in Canada.
Here are some videos on the threats M-103 presents to Freedom of Speech:
Deborah Weiss on The Importance of Free Speech: M-103 and Islamophobia
Raheel Raza testifying on M-103 before the Canadian Heritage Committee, 27 September 2017
Ezra Levant of Rebel Media interviewing Jay Cameron of the Justice Center For Constitutional Freedoms – September 2017
Here is the text of M-103:
“Ms. Khalid (Mississauga—Erin Mills), seconded by Mr. Baylis (Pierrefonds—Dollard), moved, — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could
(i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making, (ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (Private Members’ Business M-103)”
SPPIT.org believes that M-103 will have a chilling effect on Freedom of Speech in Canada by criminalizing any criticism or discussion of Islam, sharia law and related topics.
Here are some selected newspaper and online articles on M-103:
- Canada: Obsessed With Islamophobia – Gatestone Institute, 21 December 2017
- Canada’s Anti-Islamophobia Motion – Gatestone Institute, 24 October 2017
- Toronto School Board Recalls, Revises Controversial Islamic Guide Book – Toronto Sun, 3 October 2017
- Tarek Fatah Takes The M-103 Fight To Ottawa – Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun, 19 September 2017, reprinted on Middle East Forum.
- Committee Begins Racism Study Prompted By Anti-Islamophobia Motion – National Post, 18 September 2017
- A KInder, Gentler M-103? Let’s Wait And See – Toronto Sun, 18 September 2017
- Parliament Can’t Simply Demand People Feel Good About Muslims – Conrad Black, National Post, February 2017
- M-103 Won’t Build A More United Canada: It Will Turn Canadians Against Each Other – Raheel Raza, National Post, February 2017
- Canada’s so-called Islamophobia Motion Is Nothing But Trouble – Toronto Sun, 28 January 2017
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