Vancouver South MP Ujjal Dosanjh is receiving support from his political colleagues following news that a threat was made against him the on the social-networking site Facebook.
Members of the Liberal caucus and party leader Michael Ignatieff released a statement today (April 23) condemning violent comments directed at Dosanjh.
“Violence and extremism go against the core of our Canadian values of peace, inclusion and respect for one another,” the statement reads.
“Ujjal Dosanjh has taken a principled stand throughout his public life against violent intolerance. Canada is a free country where citizens must be able to express their views without being subjected to threats.”
“We urge all Canadians to speak out against all forms of violence and extremism, and to affirm zero tolerance for threats of violence in our communities.
“Ujjal, we stand united in support for you.”
The RCMP have launched an investigation after comments such as “Someone shoot him—ASAP” appeared on a Facebook page titled Ujjal Dosanjh is a Sikh Traitor, the National Post reported today.
Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Const. Anne Longley told the Straight by phone that the VPD is investigating a complaint received from Dosanjh. However, Longley said no further details could be provided.
The RCMP were not immediately available for comment.
While the Facebook page remained active this morning, no threatening comments were visible. Remaining posts called Dosanjh a “scumbag traitor and an insult to the Sikh religion” and a “power hungry traitor”.
Images posted on the page appear to show a tortured child, a dead body, and a depiction of soldiers surrounding the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, an important site of worship for Sikhs.