Iqra Khalid, the politician in the centre of Canada’s fight over Islamophobia, speaks out

Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid tabled private member’s motion M-103 calling on the federal government to eliminate “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination” in December.

The controversial motion has triggered opposition from across the country from people who say it could threaten free speech or usher in shariah law in Canada.

Khalid told the House of Commons in February that her office received roughly 50,000 messages in response to the motion, most of them uttering hateful, threatening comments.

The motion will be voted on in the House of Commons in April.

We met with Khalid in Ottawa and in her Mississauga riding to talk about what the response, and backlash, has taught her.

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