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We need to push back against elected officials’ racist ignorance, and intolerance before it becomes hate and violence

By Phil Gurski      

We must hold our leaders to a higher standard. Speech like this is not just intolerant, it is intolerable. We cannot and must not tolerate it and we must call out those who engage in it, letting them know that we will not support those who spew it.

People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier and Senator Lynn Beyak, pictured. The Hill Times file photograph and courtesy of the Senate

OTTAWA—When a massacre on the scale of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, hits the news, we all engage in examinations of what may have led to events as horrific as this to occur. And this time was no different. There was a lot of analysis of white supremacist material online, links among the far right in multiple nations, the role of the internet in spreading these vile beliefs and whether or not governments, and, more specifically, security intelligence and law enforcement agencies, have been doing enough to identify and clamp down on these kinds of terrorist and hate movements. That there remains a lot to do is beyond question.

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