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Ontario Legislative Assembly Censures MPP Sarah Jama After She Calls for Gaza Ceasefire

HeadlineOct 24, 2023

In Canada, a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly has been censured and expelled from her caucus after making remarks in solidarity with Palestinians. Sarah Jama, who is Black and a disability justice advocate, addressed her colleagues Monday.

MPP Sarah Jama: “I restate my call for an immediate ceasefire by Israeli forces and for the immediate restoration of food, water, fuel and electricity in Gaza.”

Unidentified: “What about the hostages?”

MPP Sarah Jama: “And I applaud the many elected officials” —

Speaker: “Order.”

MPP Sarah Jama: — “in Canada who have joined this call in recent days, and I hope even more of you will speak out.”

Jama now sits as an independent after being removed from the Ontario New Democratic Party Caucus. Her censure would only be lifted if Jama issues a formal apology for her remarks.

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