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 revelations have forced us to ask whether Melek is qualified to serve as a federal candidate,” says Nadia Hasan, NCCM’s Acting Executive Director. “Simply put, federal candidates have a responsibility to serve everyone, regardless of their faith or sexual orientation. Given her past statements, Ms. Melek should do the right thing and resign as a candidate for the Conservative party.”
As the NCCM recognizes that Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, has explicitly stated that there is no room for discriminatory conduct in the party, and that the vast majority of Conservative Party members reject the aforementioned views, the time has come for Melek to resign.
The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that is a leading voice for civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.