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Press Releases 2004

                                                                                                                                        For Immediate Release

        March 22, 2004

                                            OAK RIDGES MPP, KLEES CONDEMNS ANTI-SEMITISM



(Richmond Hill)   Shocked by the recent incidents of anti-Semitism in York Region Oak Ridges MPP, Frank Klees

joined every member of the Ontario Legislature in passing a unanimous motion condemning the recent heinous and

cowardly Hate Crimes.   The motion was introduced in the Legislature this afternoon and all parties spoke to it.  

Speaking on behalf of the official opposition was Leader Ernie Eves and Oak Ridges MPP, Frank Klees.

"We need to do more than just condemn these actions" said Klees "the perpetrators of these horrific acts need to

be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of Canada's Hate Laws." 

There are some matters that are above politics and partisanship, and all members share the sense of revulsion with

the recent anti-Semitic attacks in Toronto and Vaughan. Klees reminded the Legislature that Canada is a country known

for its civility, respect and acceptance, and that these actions threaten that reputation.

"People have come from every corner of the world to this land because they believe that there is a freedom here to worship,

regardless of culture, regardless of creed, regardless of religion. It is that freedom that has been such an attraction to people

from around the world to this country. Let us never lose that."   Said Klees in the legislature this afternoon.

Klees went on to praise the efforts of the affected police services "I want to thank and recognize the response of the Toronto

Police and the York Regional Police. We want to ensure that they'll have our absolute support in whatever steps they feel need

to be taken to prosecute."

"When things like this happen it is a reminder to each and every one of us privileged to live in a free society that there is still evil

in the world.   We must never forget and we must never go back",  said Klees.






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Frank Klees, MPP

Oak Ridges

(905) 707-3160