News Releases & Statements


NCCM Executive Director Calls Green Party of Canada’s Position on Bill 21 “Unacceptable” During Townhall

- For Immediate Release – Leader Elizabeth May states that she doesn’t “have any powers” to change policies on pro-Bill 21 candidates in the Green Party (Toronto – September 9, 2019) On Friday night, the National Council of Canadian Muslims hosted Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, in the second in a series of townhalls with the major federal parties. During the townhall, where the discussion ranged from questions about climate change to guaranteed basic income, NCCM Executive Director Mustafa Farooq called the Green Party’s position on Bill ...

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Discrepancies Between Federal and Quebec City Police Hate Crime Stats Cause for Alarm

- For Immediate Release – (Montreal – August 22, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is concerned by the fact that 2018 federal Statistics Canada data suggests that hate incidents in Quebec City were three times higher than what Quebec City Police (SPVQ) are reporting. “Putting the data discrepancy to one side, we don’t think it is appropriate for the Quebec City police to pat themselves on the back about any decline of hate crimes while the Quebec City Mosque, where six men were killed in a hate-motivated attack in 2017, continues to face ...

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NCCM Calls for Conservative Candidate Ghada Melek’s Resignation

- For Immediate Release - Ghada Melek’s past Islamophobic views, coupled with today’s revelations, require immediate action (Toronto – August 2, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is calling for the resignation of federal Conservative candidate (Mississauga-Streetsville) Ghada Melek in light of recent revelations where Melek appeared to endorse reparative therapy for gay people in the past. “While we have engaged Melek’s office in conversation around her past reported Islamophobic tweets, retweets, and statements, the most recent revelat...

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Civil Liberties Groups Successful in Bill 21 Leave Application

- For Immediate Release - NCCM, CCLA & Hak granted leave to appeal Justice Yergeau’s decision (Montreal – August 1, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), and Icrhrak Nourel Hak have been granted leave to appeal the Honourable Justice Yergeau’s decision in Hak c. Procureure générale du Québec, 2019 QCCS 2989. With this decision, the Quebec Court of Appeal has agreed to revisit the question of suspending the operation of the “Laicity” law. The Act respecting the laicity of the State bans ...

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Civil Liberties Groups Seek Leave to Appeal Bill 21 Decision

- For Immediate Release – NCCM & CCLA file an application for leave to appeal Justice Yergeau’s decision (Montreal – July 23, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have filed an application for leave to appeal the Honourable Justice Yergeau’s decision in Hak c. Procureure générale du Québec, 2019 QCCS 2989. The NCCM and CCLA submit that leave should be granted because, in their estimation, the decision contains a number of important errors of law. The new application asks the Quebec ...

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Attacks on Religious Institutions Motivated by Hate Rise by 41.1% from 2017 to 2018

- For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – July 22, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is concerned by the sharp uptick of “mischief to religious property motivated by hate” as was made clear in today’s Statistics Canada’s Police Reported Crime Statistics, 2018 report. Between 2017 and 2018, hate-motivated “mischief to religious property” increased by 41.1%. “This largely tracks with reports that we have been receiving across Canada from Canadian Muslims who are concerned about the safety and integrity of their religious institution...

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Civil Liberties Organization Considering Appeal of Bill 21 Stay Decision

- For Immediate Release – (Montreal – July 18, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have received Justice Yergeau’s decision that denied our application for a stay of Bill 21. “No one ever said that defending our civil liberties would be easy” said Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of NCCM, “We are reviewing the decision now, and are considering our options to appeal.” “This is a disappointing decision that permits a discriminatory law to continue to operate, while causing real ...

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Rights Groups Call for Public Inquiry into Case of Edmonton Constable Accused of Arresting Witness in Own Hearing

- For Immediate Release – Groups say Downing’s recent return to active duty is concerning (Ottawa – July 8, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the undersigned organizations are calling for a public inquiry after an Edmonton police officer, Constable Nathan Downing, was put back on active duty. Constable Downing was accused of using excessive force and racist slurs during the arrest of Edmonton man Nasser El-Hallak. Downing was recently permitted to return to active duty despite a disciplinary hearing arising from these allegations, and also ...

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NCCM Supports Addition of Far Right Extremist Groups to Terror List

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - June 26, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) supports the federal government’s decision to add far-right extremist groups ‘Blood & Honor’ and ‘Combat 18’ (the armed branch of Blood & Honor) on Canada’s list of terrorist organizations. Members of the groups have been convicted in relation to a number of criminal activities and incidents inspired by white-supremacist and neo-Nazi ideologies. “Today’s news is a first step toward countering white supremacist and far-right extremism in our ...

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Civil Liberties Groups launch Legal Challenge Against Bill 21

Le texte françias suit  NCCM & CCLA apply for a stay of the discriminatory recently passed Bill 21 (Montreal – June 17, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) today filed a legal challenge in the Quebec Superior Court to stay the application of Quebec’s Bill 21: An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State (Bill 21), which was passed into law late Sunday evening by the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ). The NCCM & CCLA lawsuit challenges the validity of the new law, contending that it is ...

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