The Bigoted Question Canada's Media Keeps Asking about Sikhs

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By Mukhbir Singh - Special to National Post

A few short months ago, Sikhs in Canada grappled with media coverage rife with unfounded claims of “Sikh extremism” in Canada following the controversy during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India. At the time, some commentators posed a question that would have caused a massive uproar had “Sikh” been replaced with “women,” “Indigenous people” or “Blacks,” by asking the question: “are Sikhs over-represented in Canadian politics”?

All Canadians — Sikhs, women, Indigenous, black, LGBTQ — have the right, responsibility and privilege to engage politically and serve their communities without having this right questioned on the basis of their race, religion and gender.

For 50 years after their arrival on Canadian soil, Sikhs did not have the right to vote and no representation in government, making even the most basic and mundane of tasks — owning or even renting a house, going out in public without verbal attacks or physical violence, a challenge. There was rarely a politician to help or speak out on behalf of the community.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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