The final recommendation of the motion before us would require the government to table an action plan to fight racism against Arab and Muslim Canadians. [...] However, it is surely alarmist to refer to a few isolated incidents of bigotry as “a rising tide of intolerance and racism within our country”.
Or, we could pay attention to the actual experiences of Muslim and Arab Canadians:
"Canadian Muslims [have] become used to verbal and sometimes physical attacks following major extremist attacks going back to Sept. 11."
"The Canadian Islamic Congress (2003) reported a 1600% increase in the annual incidence of anti-Muslim hate crime reported to them, albeit from a low base of 11 cases in the year prior to 9/11 to 173 in the subsequent year."
First: who gets up in the House of Commons to argue against fighting racism?
Second: who gets up in the House of Commons to deny that anti-Islamic racism was a huge problem after 9/11?
We'd say that a 1600% increase is a little more significant than "a few isolated incidents" wouldn't you?
We'd say that hundreds of racist attacks and incidents isn't something our elected leaders should pooh-pooh, wouldn't you?
We'd like to think that our leaders shouldn't dismiss and trivialize threats to vulnerable members of our shared Canadian society, don't you?
It's amazing that right-wingers like Pally try to more or less pretend that racism doesn't exist. Clearly he'd rather believe that there are only "isolated instances of bigotry." We for sure wouldn't want to commit any sociology by maybe looking at the big picture or actually listening to the people most affected.
I guess pretending that systemic issues are actually just about a few bad apples makes it easer to ignore deep-rooted patterns of historical injustice that reward the powerful and entrench misery and powerlessness. Problems that by definition can't even be recognized—let alone solved—by what Conservatives *do* like to talk about: fantasy pixie-dust like the myth of perfectly free markets, how lower taxes are better than public services, or the benefits of trickle-down economics.