Jean Chretien

Liberal Party

Pierre Trudeau

Canadian Alliance

Liberal MP Increases Racial Tensions

Date: OCT06-00
Source: House of Commons Hansard
Keywords: racism
Comment: The biggest obstacle to reducing instances of immoral racism is people like this MP who keep harping on the issue.
Posted: OCT12-00
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Mr. Mac Harb (Ottawa Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, last week the member for Kootenay-Columbia deeply offended all Canadians by calling Canada's Chinese community a threat to national security.

Following question period on September 20, I received a letter from the president of the Federation of Ottawa-Carleton Chinese Community Organizations condemning the member for Kootenay-Columbia.

We already know that the leader of the Canadian Alliance said nothing when members of his party insulted the work ethic of Atlantic Canadians. Now we can add Chinese Canadians to their hit list.

Let us call a spade a spade. The Reform Party may have changed its name but it represents nothing more than a thin veneer of intolerance. In fact, leaders in the Chinese community are asking if the intentions of the member for Kootenay-Columbia are simply racist, insane or both.

Some hon. members: Oh, oh.

The Speaker: Order, please. I ask the hon. member to withdraw the word "racist".

Mr. Mac Harb: Mr. Speaker, I will withdraw the word racist. I have the letter from the community to-

The Speaker: The hon. member for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre.

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