Mississauga mayor files hate-crime complaint after inflammatory article
By SAN GREWAL, Urban Affairs Reporter
Toronto Star | October 9, 2016
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says she has filed a hate-crime complaint with Peel police after a local website published an article claiming the mayor is trying to convert the city to Islam so “they can kill her son just for being gay.”
The article, published by the Mississauga Gazette on Friday, also claims that Crombie “won’t rest until all girls in Mississauga are victims of rich rapists,” describing the actions of Muslim boys in Mississauga high schools, claiming they routinely assault girls.
“Racism and flat-out lies have no place in Mississauga,” Crombie said Saturday.
“I was very disturbed. I have sent the article to Peel police . . . To paint any group like this, based on religion or ethnicity or anything, is reprehensible.”
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims, an advocacy group based in Ottawa, described the article as an act of hate.
“The writer of this screed should certainly be investigated by the authorities for promoting hatred and potentially inciting violence, as he clearly calls on people to ‘take the law into their own hands,’ which could be interpreted in a number of dangerous ways,” said spokesperson Amira Elghawaby.