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Ont. minister denounces ‘hateful’ anti-immigrant flyers; police investigating

With a dual portfolio of Citizenship and Immigration and International Trade, Michael Chan is the Grits’ obvious choice for reaching out to the Chinese community, but the lines are blurred in the Liberal cabinet

Tibor Kolley

Ontario's Citizenship and Immigration minister is denouncing what he calls "hateful" flyers that police say have been distributed in Brampton — the second time this year anti-immigration flyers have emerged there.

Michael Chan says in a statement that he is "disgusted" by the flyers in the city northwest of Toronto and that "there is no room in our province for intolerance, hatred or division on cultural or racial lines."

The document shows a crossed-out picture of a man wearing a turban alongside text asking readers to "Say 'No' to the massive Third World invasion of Canada."

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Peel Region Police spokesman Const. George Tudos says the force has received two complaints about the flyers being handed out at homes in the city.

He says officers are trying to figure out where the flyers came from and that the Ministry of the Attorney General has been made aware of them since they emerged last week.

A similar anti-immigration flyer featuring a photo of Sikhs emerged in Brampton in April and was widely condemned, but police later said it don't meet the Criminal Code requirements to be considered a hate crime.

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