OTTAWA: Canada will soon unveil measures to crack down on online extremism following the killing of a Muslim family, a crime that police said was inspired by hate, a government minister said yesterday.
Four members of the family were killed on Sunday when a pickup truck jumped the curb and ran them over in London, Ontario, 200km southwest of Toronto.
“Our government is continuing to do what is necessary, obviously working with the social media platforms, to combat online hate and we’ll have more to say on specific measures in the coming weeks,” Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said.
There is no evidence that the suspect, Nathaniel Veltman, had any connection to hate groups.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing complaints from religious and ethnic communities that Ottawa has not done enough to combat bigotry and racism, has promised to intensify efforts to fight far-right groups. “We don’t yet know all the causes or reasons, but there is probably an element of online incitation to violence,” Trudeau said.