Vancouver – The following is a statement from Laird Cronk, president and Sussanne Skidmore, secretary-treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour:
“Today our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand after yesterday’s devastating shooting in Christchurch.
While information is still being gathered, we feel it’s critical that the labour movement respond quickly to condemn this shocking attack.
Hate crimes like this are intended to spark fear and divide us. We will not be divided.
Early this morning the leadership of the Federation came together to express our solidarity with all people affected by this terrorist attack. There is no place for Islamophobia, racism and hate in our world.
To all Muslim people and especially those in British Columbia, we want you to know the labour movement stands with you today and everyday.