Leader of the Opposition Expresses Solidarity with Faith Communities
“I am appalled at the apparent act of arson that damaged the Peterborough Mosque, and the vandalism directed at the Ram Dham Hindu Mandir in Waterloo.
Such expressions of intolerance have no place in Canada. In light of the recent atrocities committed in Paris, it is especially important that all Canadians stand united against hatred of all kinds.
On behalf of the Conservative Party, I express our solidarity with the Muslim community of Peterborough, and commend the generosity of so many Canadians in response to this crime.
I hope that the Government of Canada will renew the Security Infrastructure Program, created in 2007, to continue offering funding for security upgrades for faith and cultural community facilities which may be the target of acts of vandalism or violence.
Just as Canadians stand united in our resolve to defeat terrorism, we will not compromise our belief in pluralism and religious freedom.”