All Members of Parliament should be held accountable for their words and their actions. Earlier this month and in the month of April, MP Ujjal Dosanjh engaged in behaviour typical of his hatred towards a segment of the Sikh population. Using the opportunity that was presented as a result of misinterpreted comments made on a radio show, which have since been cleared with an explanation and apology, MP Dosanjh referred to Sikhs as uncivilized amongst many other things. He additionally, mocked the right to self-determination guaranteed to Sikhs under the UN.
For this reason, a group of concerned citizens and Sikhs formed the “Ad Hoc Committee on the Accountability of Liberal M.P. Ujjal Dosanjh”. The Sikh Activist Network was contacted by this group and asked to spread the word and create awareness regarding the incidents that took place the actions currently being taken.
We were told by this Ad Hoc Committtee that they wish to meet with the Leader of the Liberal Party, Mr. Michael Ignatieff, and Mr. Dosanjh to discuss the issues that Mr. Dosanjh has brought forth regarding the Canadian Sikh community in order to determine fact from fiction.
Below is a letter that was sent to Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Dosanjh on May 10, 2010 for which the committee awaits a reply. We encourage everyone to join the facebook group out of which this action was taken and also do their part in spreading the word.
Remember, strength is in numbers and the foundation to our progression as a community lays in our unity.
AD HOC COMMITTEE ON THE
LIBERAL M.P. UJJAL DOSANJH
“Sikhs have the right to express themselves without the fear of verbal assault and intimidation.”
Via facsimile and regular mail
May 10, 2010
Hon. M.P. Michael Ignatieff
House of Commons
Hon. M.P. Ujjal Dosanjh
House of Commons
Dear Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Dosanjh:
Re : Recent accusations of extremism in the Canadian Sikh community
Over the last several years, and most recently over the last several weeks, Mr. Dosanjh has made many statements related to the Sikh community. Most recently, Mr. Dosanjh has said that extremism in the Canadian Sikh community is worse now than it was during the time of the Air India bombing. He has also accused Canadian multiculturalism as the cause of this rise in extremism. Mr. Dosanjh has also claimed that “the kind of violence and hate that existed in the 80s is now perpetuating itself and regenerating itself in young minds….” In addition, he has suggested that second-generation, young Sikh Canadians are somehow being indoctrinated with a message of hate from their elders. His statements remain nothing but accusations.
In fact, Mr. Dosanjh has gone so far as to say, in the media, that Canadian Sikhs should make an independent state in Alberta. This statement, which he argues was said sarcastically and jokingly, can be considered a malicious attempt to mock those Sikhs who peacefully express their fundamental right to self-determination.
Ultimately, many in the Canadian Sikh community feel that most of Mr. Dosanjh’s statements over the last several weeks have amounted to negative media attention and have tarnished the reputation of all Canadian Sikhs.
We wish to meet with both Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Dosanjh to further discuss the issues which Mr. Dosanjh has brought forth in order to determine fact from fiction. We feel this is an important discussion to have so that we may find, as Mr. Ignatieff has suggested himself, a peaceful resolution to this unfortunate turn of events.
We strongly believe that the last 25 years of hostility needs to be addressed in a positive and proactive manner. We look forward to hearing from you.
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