Hon. Gerry Weiner (Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship):
Madam Speaker, we do not condone violence to settle any differences. Canadians are revolted by the hatred that some people are trying to spread. Ottawans are very clearly expressing their displeasure and dissatisfaction with the message.
We established a program some five years ago making racism one of our most important priorities. The hon. member would want to examine what we have been doing over these last five years in terms of heightened awareness and public education.
I want to take a moment and give particular commendation to the city of Ottawa for having reconstituted the coalition for racial harmony. It did this very quickly after some discussion with our officials earlier today. Councillor Mahoney has indicated there will be a very positive and proactive response by this time next week which I am sure all members will be pleased to hear.