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Joseph Hickey | OCLA <joseph.hickey@ocla.ca>

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MPPs must vote down motion censuring BDS to protect free speech

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Dear Member of Provincial Parliament,
Tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 1) you will vote on Private Members' Notice of Motion Number 36 submitted by Mrs.
Gila Martow, MPP for Thornhill.
Mrs. Martow's motion would use the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to denigrate an international citizens'
social movement. The specific social movement targeted in Mrs. Martow's motion is the "Boycott, Divestment,
and Sanctions (BDS)" movement, which seeks to influence the policies of the State of Israel.
Any such motion, attacking any such social movement, is an attack on freedom of speech in Ontario. We urge
you to reject Mrs. Martow's motion.
We are not asking you to support BDS. We ask you to recognize, protect, and advance the right of individual
Ontarians to choose for themselves which social movements they will endorse, including BDS.
Lastly, we reiterate our letter to you of May 19, 2016, opposing Bill 202, the Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism
Act, 2016. That bill was voted down on May 19. Our letter is posted online at the following link: http://ocla.ca
/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-05-19-OCLA-to-ON-MPPs-re-Bill-202.pdf
Yours sincerely,
Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca
613-252-6148 (c)
joseph.hickey@ocla.ca

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