Mr. Speaker, the election in Toronto is over, and we have to talk about a very disturbing incident that took place during the campaign.
On October 2, following a demonstration held by a mayoralty candidate who is a white supremacist, a fire was deliberately set at a hotel that shelters homeless families and refugees. The attack followed false and inflammatory information that was published by the Toronto Sun. Elected officials, some in this House, have argued that people being sheltered at this hotel do not have a right to be in Canada.
Let me make three very clear points.
One, more than half the people at that hotel that was firebombed are children. Who in their right mind targets children?
Two, the City of Toronto has used hotels as emergency shelters for well over 25 years. We have a housing crisis in Toronto, not a refugee crisis.
Three, Toronto must never be governed by fear, violence or racism.
Everyone in this House denounces these horrible atrocities, and we demand that the people responsible be brought to justice.