Alberta creates unit to fight hate crimes, extremism in the province

By The Canadian Press
March 15, 2019 - 4:35pm

EDMONTON -  Alberta is creating a unit to fight hate crimes and extremism.

Premier Rachel Notley says it will bring together specialists from various police forces to focus exclusively on hate groups and hate crimes.

Notley says people must work together to fight racism, hate, intolerance and religious persecution, including Islamophobia.

“Two years ago, our government stood in solidarity with all Muslim Canadians in grieving the shooting at a mosque in Quebec," said Notley. "Today, we stand in solidarity with Muslims in Alberta, in Canada and all across the world. And we recommit ourselves to end this hate wherever it is found.”

A provincial hate crimes unit was one of the recommendations in a government report released last June.

Officials say a police-reported hate crime happens in Alberta about once every three days.

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