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Liberals come to agreement with PCs to pass motion to condemn Islamophobia

Liberals come to agreement with PCs to pass motion to condemn Islamophobia-Milenio Stadium-Ontario
Flowers lie on the steps of the London Islamic Centre in an outpouring of support shown for the city’s Muslim community in the wake of Sunday’s hit-and-run attack that killed four members of the Afzaal family. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

The provincial Liberals are looking for unanimous consent from Queen’s Park again Friday on a motion to condemn Islamophobia that was previously blocked by the Progressive Conservatives.

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“Given the importance of the motion right now, we have come to an agreement with the PC caucus to pass it tonight,” Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said in a press release issued Friday.

The Liberals say all parties are expected to support the motion.

The motion comes after four members of a family were killed and one was injured in London, Ont. on June 6. Police say they were run down by the driver of a pickup truck in a deliberate attack inspired by the victims’ Muslim faith. The tragedy has triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across Canada.

Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, and Salman’s mother, Talat Afzaal, 74, were killed. The youngest member of the family, nine-year-old Fayez, survived and remains in hospital. A funeral has been planned for Saturday afternoon.

“We’re looking forward to Doug Ford’s government bringing forward their six month action plan to address systemic racism and pushing for a national summit on Islamophobia, as the motion calls for,” said Del Duca.

Del Duca expressed outrage on twitter after the motion was originally blocked Thursday. “Doug Ford’s Conservatives just blocked a motion from Ontario Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter condemning Islamophobia. Unbelievable,” he wrote.

Following Del Duca’s tweet, government house Leader Paul Calandra issued a statement defending the decision to block the motion.

“What happened today was a Liberal MPP, with no notice, tried to surprise the government with a motion that we still have not seen,” Calandra said. “It is our policy to turn down all requests for unanimous consent that we have not seen in advance.”

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