I join British Columbians in being deeply troubled by the recent rise in hate crimes and racist incidents in our province. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen disgusting acts of racism and hate targeting people of Asian descent in our province. Such heinous actions do not represent who we are in this province. The conversations we must now have are important ones, not just for our communities, but for all of British Columbia.
We all must take a stand and speak out against these hateful and cowardly acts because all British Columbians have the right to live without fear of violence or discrimination. We need to continue along that path and move forward to protect the safety and well-being of all British Columbians.
It is vital that we educate British Columbians in this time of crisis to recognize and respond to issues of racism and bigotry. The provincial government plays a significant role in both multiculturalism and education. We need to educate our children and society to develop tolerance and respect for all people, no matter their race, religion, or background. To that end, the BC Liberal Caucus is calling on your government to:
Implementing these steps will go a long way to securing a bright and tolerant future for all British Columbians and a future of acceptance where all people can feel safe no matter their race, religion, or background. Let’s lead by example and demonstrate our commitment to building a better British Columbia that is welcoming and accepting of everyone.
Andrew Wilkinson MLA, Vancouver-Quilchena
Leader of the Official Opposition