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I wish to extend a clear message that there is no room for racism in our communities. Further, I encourage all Kootenay-Columbians to stand with me and denounce hate and discrimination in all their forms. Our Fundamental Freedoms, under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, have been paid for with the lives of an overwhelming number of Canadians who have come before us. These freedoms include the freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association. I stand with all Kootenay-Columbians, and Canadians across the country, who oppose racism and who protest peacefully in opposition to hate. My Constituency office is a safe zone for any individual who has been impacted by acts of racism and discrimination. May we be kind to each other on this day, and each day, as we move forward. ~ Rob