Anti-Islamophobia Motion Could Stifle Free Speech, Say Critics

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In December, a motion known as M-103 was tabled by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. Among other things, the motion calls on parliamentarians to study hate crimes and propose ways to reduce systemic racism and religious discrimination in Canada.

While it is non-binding and would not change existing laws, the motion has set off a firestorm of debate in the House of Commons and across the country.

Critics — including some federal Conservatives — argue the Liberal motion fails to define Islamophobia and could suppress free speech.