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Hate-motivated assaults: Joint statement


December 16, 2020 Media inquiries

Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu, Minister of Community and Social Services Rajan Sawhney, and the Anti-Racism Advisory Council issued the following statement on the recent hate-motivated assaults in Edmonton:

“I want to make myself very clear: racism, religious intolerance, hatred and discrimination have no place in Alberta. Racists have no place in Alberta. Our great province was built by people from different cultures and ethnicities, and it will continue to be built by Albertans from diverse backgrounds. The overwhelming majority of Albertans are welcoming and tolerant. Anyone who wants to play a part in building our future needs to embrace our pluralistic society and take an active role in creating a welcoming province for all.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

“As Alberta’s Justice Minister and Solicitor General, I also want to assure the general public that hate-motivated violence and crime will not be tolerated. I want to thank the Edmonton Police Service for the swift apprehensions of the suspects in these heinous crimes. Those who commit crimes motivated by hate will be caught and charged. More importantly, the Government of Alberta, on behalf of the people of this province, will make sure the justice system has the resources it needs to address those who commit these crimes.

“While law enforcement and Crown prosecutors have the independence to pursue their own charges as they best see fit, I am making it clear here and now that those who commit these types of heinous crimes will be treated with the seriousness they deserve.”

Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“We must speak with raised voices and join together in condemning these acts of violence and hate. Racism, prejudice, and intolerance have no place in Alberta. I stand with women of all cultures and faiths who have been marginalized because of how they choose to dress and practice their faith. Their safety, their dignity, their individuality, and their voices matter. We all have a part to play and it’s our collective duty as a society to ensure our women, youth, children and seniors feel safe and feel they belong.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services

“The Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council is appalled, horrified, and disheartened to learn of the hate-motivated incidents documented by the Edmonton Police Service on Dec. 9 and Dec. 15. The council members extend comfort, consoling thoughts, and care to the three victims: Edmontonians, Black women, who wore visible symbols of their faith, who were subjected to racist violence and vicious assaults, and who now must heal from this horrendous experience.”

Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council

Media inquiries

Amanda LeBlanc

780-718-2857 Press secretary, Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Blaise Boehmer

780-977-1530 Senior press secretary, Justice and Solicitor General

Jerry Bellikka

780-777-5783

Press secretary, Community and Social Services

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