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MHRMI Published in The Hill Times: Toronto Mayor Must Denounce, Reprimand Anti-Macedonian Councillor Jim Karygiannis

February 27, 2017

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The Hill Source:

During the electoral campaign and first few months in office, Mayor John Tory gave Torontonians their own version of Barack Obamas Hope message. But the hope of Hope has been waning. Putting aside (sort of) the fact that he flip-flopped on a key campaign issue road tolls, which hit his credibility hard it is his lack of action on so-called moral obligation issues that is more troubling. Although Torys campaign manager, Nick Kouvalis, recently apologized for using an alt-right/(neo-Nazi) term, looking at his other tweets and public statements on various issues speaks volumes. As does being the campaign manager, until recently, for Kellie Leitch, the anti-immigration Conservative Party candidate. Who you surround yourself with means a great deal. A hollow apology does not.

Mayor Tory, its time to denounce Mr. Kouvalis. Its way past time to denounce and reprimand Jim Karygiannis. You speak of a moral obligation to stand up against hate, but what happens when a former MP and current city councillor makes multiple public derogatory statements against an ethnic group, defends the use of this hate speech in various Canadian media outlets, and is caught on video praising a lecture which glorified the bombing of this ethnic groups civilians. The answer is nothing. Not only did the Liberal Party do nothing despite repeated complaints by this ethnic group, other ethnic community groups joined the call and demanded the same, but to no avail. When Karygiannis became a city councillor, you were asked, repeatedly, to take action, but chose to ignore the issue.

The ethnic group in question is Macedonian. Could the lack of action be because Canadian-Macedonians are lesser-known? Tell us, Mr. Tory, that this is not the case. And act. According to you, you have a moral obligation.

Bill Nicholov, President
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
157 Adelaide St. West, Suite 434
Toronto, ON M5H 4E7

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