Thirty influential Quebecers unite for Amira Elghawaby
Thirty influential Quebecers signed a declaration on Friday supporting Amira Elghawaby as Canada’s special representative in the fight against Islamophobia. Among them, there are as many lawyers, activists as columnists.
« The challenge she must take up is considerable and we are of the opinion that Ms. Elghawaby must be given the chance to exercise and fulfill the mandate for which she was appointed », they explain jointly.
They recall that Mrs. Elghawaby apologized « sincerely » and that she showed her desire to exchange and learn from Quebecers, she will meet several political leaders in the coming days.
Recall that she created controversy when she obtained her post, because she had written in an article that “the majority of Quebecers” seemed “influenced by anti-Muslim sentiment” following the adoption of Bill 21.
The signatories of the declaration are:
Charles Taylor, philosopher, professor emeritus, McGill
Jack Jedwab, President, Association for Canadian Studies
Julius Grey, lawyer, constitutional and human rights expert
Samira Laouni, Founding President, COR
Michel Seymour, philosopher
Boufeldja Benabdallah, co-founder and spokesperson of the Mosque of Quebec
Linton Garner, activist and community worker
Ehab Lotayef, community activist, poet, IT manager
Anne Lagacé Dowson, freelance journalist and commentator
Frank Baylis, President, « No to Bill 21 »
Eric Maldoff, CM, Ad. E., Partner, Lapointe Rosenstein, Marchand, Melançon
Joel DeBellefeuille, CEO, Founder, Coalition rouge inc.
Alain Babineau, Director, Racial Profiling and Public Safety, Red Coalition
Eve Torres, Community Activist
Fareed Khan, founder, Canadians United Against Hate
Ndeye Marie Fall, former Senior Official at UNESCO and President, Collective for the Promotion of Intangible Heritage in Francophonie (CPPIF)
Miriam Taylor, Independent Researcher, Special Advisor in Community Relations, Metropolis Institute
Lori Schubert, Executive Director, Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF)
Nargess Mustapha, activist and community organizer
Samaa Elibyari, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Montreal
Toula Drimonis, freelance columnist and author
Hassan Guillet, retired engineer and lawyer
Geoffrey Chambers, community activist
Kerline Joseph, Vice-President, International Orientation Committee-CIO, Unesco Chair Women and Science for Development in Haiti
Moayed Altalibi, Islamic organization AHL-ILL BAIT
Andrew Caddell, Language Policy Working Group
Eric Pouliot-Thisdale, researcher UdeM history department
Éric Émond, philanthropist, interviewer
Mohammed Labidi, Muslim community leader of Quebec City
Susan Pinker, psychologist, columnist