Someone Put A Banner On Kellie Leitch's Office That Names The Mosque Shooting Victims


    Someone hung a large banner calling on MP Kellie Leitch to resign on her constituency office in Collingwood, Ontario.

    Bayshore Broadcasting

    "Hate puts us all at risk," the banner said.

    It then listed the six victims of the terror attack at a mosque in Quebec City: Azzeddine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, and Mamadou Tanou Barry.

    According to Bayshore Broadcasting, the sign was removed Tuesday morning and police are investigating.

    This was hung on Kellie Leitch's office overnight in Collingwood @NewsBayshore

    Leitch, who is in the running to be the next leader of the Conservative of Canada, has faced heavy criticism for her proposal to screen immigrants for "Canadian values."

    Liam Richards / THE CANADIAN PRESS

    Many have drawn parallels between Leitch's proposal and Donald Trump's ban on visitors, immigrants, and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. She has denied that her screening proposal targets Muslims.

    What she hasn't said has also come under scrutiny. She hasn't, for example, outright condemned Trump's travel ban, and in a radio interview last year she dodged a question about racism among her supporters. On Tuesday, she told CBC News her supporters shouldn't be considered racist simply for agreeing with the screening proposal.

    In 2015, she also promoted establishing a “barbaric cultural practices" tip line, though later said she regrets taking part in it.

    In the wake of the shooting in Quebec, Leitch's messages of condolence on social media were filled with replies saying her own rhetoric fuels hatred of Muslim-Canadians.

    @KellieLeitch drop out before you destroy our Canadian Values.

    @KellieLeitch You are contributing to Islamophobia in this country. Drop out of the race, resign your seat, and reflect on your life choices

    A message about the attack on Facebook received similar replies, as well as criticism for not explicitly mentioning the shooting took place at a mosque and that Muslims were targeted.

    But Leitch has made it clear she's sticking to her plan. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, she wrote "I won't back down just because some people disagree with me."

    Facebook: KellieLeitchMP

    She also said, "Elites, media and even many in the Conservative Party have been making a lot of unfortunate allegations over the last few days."

    Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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