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Richmond MLA leads Liberal plan to combat racism

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:13 PDT, Wed June 2, 2021

The MLA for Richmond North Centre is calling on the province to do more to combat racism.

BC Liberal Teresa Wat, who is also Opposition Critic for Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives, is calling on the governing NDP to implement a 10-point action plan to help put a stop to the the rise in racism and intolerance in British Columbia.

“While this government has taken some steps to help fight racism much more needs to be done,” said Wat. “Over a year ago we wrote a letter to John Horgan calling on his government implement specific actions to help combat the rise in racist acts. Although some of those actions have been implemented there is still much work to be done if we are serious about tackling this serious issue.”

Wat said Vancouver has seen a 700 per cent year-over-year increase in incidents of racism and hate crimes toward Asian-Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been identified as the Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America. 

“We need to take concrete steps that amount to more than just sympathy,” added Wat. “I am urging John Horgan and the NDP to implement these concrete actions as a step in building a better British Columbia that is welcoming and accepting of everyone.”

Wat is also urging British Columbians to sign the petition asking John Horgan and the NDP to implement the 10-point action plan immediately.

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