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Statement Condemning Hate

April 25, 2019

Hate cannot go unanswered. I refuse to stand by and allow it to.

It’s been a trying week, to say the least.

We are all aware of the alleged attack on a known Jewish restaurant this week. And by now, you have also heard that the Winnipeg Police’s investigation has revealed that these allegations appear to be false.

As the WPS stated, “Hate-related crime is one of the most heinous acts we encounter as a society. It tears at the fabric of who we are as a country. False allegations of hate crime trivialize the trauma that genuine victims endure.”

I wholeheartedly agree.

I continue to stand with our Jewish community, firmly against anti-Semitism and with all communities who face hatred. All around the world, and even here at home, we are seeing a sharp and terrifying rise in antisemitism. 

Despite last week’s unfortunate incident, we must continue to believe those who experience hate crimes. We have to let the people perpetrating them know that their actions and rhetoric is not welcome here.

I have always worked to bring our community together – in good and troubling times. And sadly, this is one of the troubling times. But I have seen the strength and commitment that make up the fabric of our city in the recent days. The desire to come together and support one another. Amid so much hurt and disbelief, I do see that desire to support victims and rise up against those determined to harm others.

This the community I know. The community I am proud to represent.