MIH March 18-22

This week’s edition covers issues relating to the Shooting in New Zealand, Human Rights, and Flight 302

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Shootings in New Zealand

Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, expressed his shock and sadness in regards to the New Zealand shootings that occurred last week. He further conveyed his condolences towards the families of the victims and stated that he and all members of Parliament stood in solidarity with Muslims and condemned the acts of violence and intolerance.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada continued to also extend the country’s condolences to New Zealand in response to the attacks that occurred in New Zealand and stated that Canada was shocked and would stand with Muslim communities around the world. He further explained that he had been in touch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and offered support during this trying time. He also mentioned that thoughts were with the victims and their families as more information came to light and he would be speaking to their government to offer support.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302

MP of the Calgary Confederation in Alberta, Len Webber brought attention to the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 that crashed and took the lives of 157 people, 18 of which were Canadian on March 10th 2019. He spoke of a few of them who had passed while working for the United Nations and stated that the UN’s work would continue and the contribution that was made by the people working for them should be celebrated.

Human Rights

MP of Willowdale in ON, Ali Elhassi called attention to the cause of Iranian civil rights lawyer, Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh who received a sentence of 38 years of imprisonment for speaking on “behalf of the voiceless in Iran.” He stated that this sentence was a violation of her most fundamental rights and that Canada should stand with her.