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Premier McGuinty Condemns Ottawa Hate Crime

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Premier McGuinty Condemns Ottawa Hate Crime

Encourages Ontarians To Show Support For Jewish Community

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QUEEN'S PARK -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today condemned the weekend attack on Ottawa's Beth Shalom West synagogue and encouraged all Ontarians to join him in speaking out against such hatred and intolerance.

"The people who commit these ignorant and cowardly attacks want to create fear and disharmony. We all have a duty to speak out against these despicable acts and show support for our friends and neighbours in the Jewish community," said Premier McGuinty.

"Hatred and intolerance have no place in our society and our government is committed to stamping out hate crimes, but everyone can play a role by assisting police, speaking out and promoting understanding."

Premier McGuinty offered his sympathy to the family whose bar mitzvah celebration was marred by the anti-Semitic graffiti.

"To that young man and his family, know that your government supports you and stands with you and does not tolerate hate crimes, racial intolerance or discrimination of any sort," said Premier McGuinty. "We're committed to building a province that will be made stronger by ensuring that all cultures and faiths are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."

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