Peel Police say, while some consider it racist and offensive it does NOT meet the Criminal Code's requirement regarding hate crime.
That means criminal charges will not be laid in connection with an anti-immigration flyer was handed out in Brampton last month.
It displayed a group of Caucasians above a separate photograph of a group of Sikhs with captions that read "from this.......... to this" and "Is This What You Want?"
Peel Police say no charges will be laid against Immigration Watch Canada, the group responsible for the flyers.
The Police put out the following statement:
Peel Regional Police, along with the community we serve, do not tolerate Hate Crime within the Region of Peel. We understand the deep hurt and harm incidents such as this cause our community, and we are committed to taking immediate action through investigation, prosecution and support for the communities impacted.
Peel Regional Police after a thorough investigation and following consultation with the Peel Crown Attorney's Office and the Ontario Crown Law Office, have determined that the content of the flyers, distributed in Brampton by members of an organization called Immigration Watch Canada, do not meet the Criminal Code of Canada's requirements regarding hate crime. While the flyers may be considered racist and offensive, they do not cross the legal line into hate crime as determined by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC vs. Keegstra). As such, there are no reasonable grounds to warrant criminal charges in this case.
Peel Regional Police deeply values the cultural diversity of our community and are proud that this diversity makes Peel Region a highly desirable place in which to live, work and visit. We are steadfast in our commitment to all members of our community to be transparent, to promote the value of diversity in our community and police service, and to provide a safe and enjoyable place for all our residents.