Wynne denounces "hateful flyer" in Brampton

Allegations of racism related to anti-immigration pamphlet

Kathleen Wynne is lashing out at what she calls a "hateful flyer" that has been distributed in Brampton.

The premier has issued a statement saying she will not tolerate what she calls the "hateful politics of division in Ontario."

The flyers reportedly show a black and white picture of a group of Caucasians above a separate photograph of a group of Sikhs with captions that read "from this..."

Underneath the two pictures is a caption "Is This What You Want?"

The flyers were issued by a group called Immigration Watch Canada which, according to a spokesperson in B.C., is opposed to mass immigration. 

The spokesperson said the group plans to distribute flyers in more communities. 

Some Brampton residents are upset by the flyer and Peel Regional Police have launched an investigation into its circulation. 

“The implication is clear — there are groups of people who we do not want to represent our town, who we do not want to make up the population of our town,” said resident Cecilia Kennedy.

She says she found the flyer in her mailbox and then contacted local politicians, including the mayor, and police. 

Balpreet Singh of the World Sikh Organization of Canada said the flyer has been “quite upsetting” to some members of his community, but he doubts it qualifies as a hate crime. 

“I think the pamphlets are in very bad taste, but I don't think that they go into the territory of hate crime, so I don't expect anything to be done,” he said. 

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  1. ttttt posted on 04/27/2014 06:38 PM
  2. David posted on 04/27/2014 07:20 PM
    You know what this means. The premier will announce later this week that she has given 725 million dollars to the city of Brampton. Why? Just cuz. Call an election Wynne.
    1. Bramptonian posted on 04/28/2014 11:11 AM
      @David Because Wynne's former cabinet colleague Linda Jeffery is poised to become the new mayor of Brampton in the fall.
  3. Bill R posted on 05/01/2014 06:23 AM
    So it's hateful to be asked if, hypothetically, people could play a role in determining their communities' makeup, as to which culture they would want to dramatically outnumber others? I think the only people who do NOT want such a choice are liberal voters. That's why Wynne is chiming in.
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