STATEMENT FROM NDP MP IRENE MATHYSSEN IN ADVANCE OF AUGUST 26 WHITE SUPREMACY RALLY PLANNED IN LONDON

London, ON - Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London-Fanshawe made the following statement today from France, where she is part of a delegation commemorating the 75th anniversary of the raid on Dieppe:

"I am dismayed to hear that anti-Islam agitators have planned a demonstration for August 26 in London.

Having just attended commemoration ceremonies on the beach in Dieppe to honour the sacrifice of Canadians there, I find the irony and tragedy of this news disgusting and appalling.

On August 19 1942, 5000 Canadians risked their lives fighting against the evil of Nazism and white supremacy; 916 died, and hundreds spent 3 years in a POW camp for their heroism.

More than a million Canadians joined the effort to fight for freedom and human rights, and the fight continues to this day. Those who endeavour to bring hatred, fear and division into our community are not welcome and should be ashamed. Our strength and prosperity are closely connected to our diversity and cohesive community.

The words of Jack Layton have never been more significant than they are today:

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.

I call on the good people of London to oppose this demonstration with love, strength and conviction. We cannot and should not let hate destroy our community."