Mayor condemns ‘hate’ tweet aimed at Mississauga MP and transport minister
Published January 28, 2022 at 2:34 pm
Mayor Bonnie Crombie has condemned a “disgusting and abusive” tweet this week from an Ontario politician that called Mississauga Centre MP and federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra a “terrorist.”
In responding to the tweet from Independent MPP Randy Hillier, Crombie took to social media to call for the “hate” tweet to be taken down.
“I couldn’t agree more with (federal Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino). This is a disgusting and abusive tweet that should be taken down immediately. (Twitter), please do the right thing,” Crombie posted to her Twitter account.
I couldn’t agree more with @marcomendicino. This is a disgusting and abusive tweet that should be taken down immediately. @Twitter @TwitterSafety @TwitterCanada please do the right thing. https://t.co/j7ax6Fa2Ue
— Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦 (@BonnieCrombie) January 26, 2022
Mendicino is also calling on Twitter to remove the tweet from Hillier, which was posted Wednesday in support of truckers who are opposed to mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 in order to cross the Canada-U.S. border.
In his tweet, Hillier refers to Alghabra as a “terrorist” who has condemned Canadians “to starvation in the name of being safe.”
Mendicino says the tweet is “flagrantly abusive, offensive and Islamophobic” and amounts to “hate speech” that should have no place on Twitter or other social media platforms.
Mississauga Centre MP and federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra
In a separate statement, Hillier calls on the RCMP to open a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whom he accuses of engaging in an “act of domestic terrorism” by depriving Canadians of food and other basic necessities in the middle of winter.
A convoy of truckers and other vaccine opponents is to arrive in Ottawa today for a rally against vaccine mandates, which Hillier says he intends to attend.
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