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Council of Turkish Canadians Boycotts Community Meeting: Karygiannis Unfit to Facilitate

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Ottawa, ON, August 17, 2011

Council of Turkish Canadians Boycotts Community Meeting: Karygiannis Unfit to Facilitate

Council of Turkish Canadians (CTC) will not attend a two-day meeting organized by Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism, with the members of multicultural communities and stakeholder groups. Mr. Karygiannis is organizing the meeting to discuss issues facing community groups in Canada. However, CTC believes that Mr. Karygiannis’ past attempts to promote ethnic division and intolerance against Canadians of different national origin—Turkish, Azerbaijani and Macedonian, in particular – makes him an illogical choice for both facilitator of this meeting and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism.

Instead of bringing together the various community groups for constructive and peaceful dialogue, Mr. Karygiannis’ continuous divisive language and actions have created tension and animosity among various community groups in Canada. How can we trust the Multicultural Critic of any party who:

CTC believes that Mr. Karygiannis’ actions are un-Canadian and render him unfit for the position of Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism.  In Canada, citizens are given the benefit of living in a peaceful, respectful, and democratic society—a privilege that is threatened by his actions. While we need to learn from the past, CTC believes that elected officials must also promote reconciliation in the present and future.

CTC is taking this opportunity to express its strongest disapproval for Mr. Karygiannis’ biased and unconstructive attitude towards the Turkish, Azerbaijani, Macedonian and other communities, and ask that the Liberal Party of Canada reconsider its appointment of Mr. Karygiannis to the role of Critic for Multiculturalism.

About the Council of Turkish Canadians

The CTC is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to advocate and promote on behalf of Canadians of Turkish origin.

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