Former Liberal minister urges government to drop “Islamophobia” from motion

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OTTAWA — A Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn"t contain the word "Islamophobia," former justice minister Irwin Cotler argued Thursday as the Liberals and Conservatives butted heads over competing propositions.

But the Liberals stood firm in their support of the controversial motion, arguing publicly that removing that one word would water down the measure and diminish the fight against hatred and discrimination.

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